My friend, may I ask you a question? My friend, may I ask you a question? Do we place far too much value on longing after the old things that once had value but no longer do place us in opposition to the will of God?
My friend, life's a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
Sometimes it's just hard to let go of comfortable stuff. I recently went up into our attic and look for a bin that contained rugs that my wife had packed away some time ago. There are so many bins and boxes to go through; many stacked atop one another. Although some of the bins are labeled and they are, in general, parked in categorized groups, that’s no guarantee that the rugs will be in a bin marked “rugs” and that they might not have been moved behind the Christmas decorations somewhere. So, the search began. There’s always a great degree of trepidation going up there. Literally, it's hard to focus anywhere because you are surrounded by a whole lot of everything. It took a while, but eventually the bin was found after moving, pushing and knocking a few things over. In that search, however, I ran across a number of bins full of things I just couldn’t imagine why we had saved in the first place. It was, I suppose, the comfortable thing to do at the time, but the logic has long since faded from memory. Why did we think those things were valuable and worthy of taking up this precious space?
It's like that with life’s sorrows. It's hard to let them go, even long after we’ve forgotten the pain. Longing after the old things that once had value but no longer have it, places far too much value on the past where God is more concerned with today. This is not a place that God wants us to dwell in as he wants us to focus on today and the spiritual tasks he has set before us in the here and now.
Here’s a thought from Oswald Chambers: “What idea have you of the salvation of your soul? The experience of salvation means that in your actual life things are really altered, you no longer look at things as you used to; your desires are new, old things have lost their power. One of the touchstones of experience is — Has God altered the thing that matters? If you still hanker after the old things, it is absurd to talk about being born from above, you are juggling with yourself. If you are born again, the Spirit of God makes the alteration manifest in your actual life and reasoning, and when the crisis comes you are the most amazed person on earth at the wonderful difference there is in you. There is no possibility of imagining that you did it. It is this complete and amazing alteration that is the evidence that you are a saved soul.” (My Utmost for His Highest, November 13)
2 Corinthians 5:17 instructs: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” There’s an old saying that “You can’t change the past but you sure can ruin today by worrying about tomorrow.” Sometimes we like to hang on to things that have happened long after they’ve become nothing more than useless memories. Like the old, useless items in those attic bins that no longer have any purpose, a life built on regrets of the past is a life that is headed for even more regret tomorrow. God wants you and I to let go of the things we have no control over anyway and become new creations, free of worry and regret, in Jesus Christ. Dwelling on past hurts and regrets robs the day and barters the future. Let go and find out what fresh new blessings God has in store for those who make forgetting––a memorable part of each new day. The “new” is here; embrace it and allow the hold to pass away.
We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for taking our future and making it something worth living for. Help us Lord to remember that we ought never worry about how things might turn out in our lives, since you already know and there is no-one better suited to know THAN you. Forgive us when we try to take command of what we cannot know and definitely can’t do anything about. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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