Nostalgia, The Trickster // Thursday, September 4
Posted: Thursday, September 4
2 Corinthians 7:8-16
Verse of the day:
Don’t long for “the good old days.” This is not wise. (Ecclesiastes 7:10)
One of the things I enjoy doing is taking a walk down the ‘Streets of Old Milwaukee’ at the public museum. You stroll past idyllic businesses and homes and it’s fun to imagine what life must have been like in the early days of our city. In some ways the ‘Streets of Old Milwaukee’ seem more pleasant than our current reality. However I also have a history book which shows hundreds of pictures of Milwaukee going back to the late 1800’s and I have to tell you, our city actually looks a lot better now than it did then. If you don’t believe me I’ll show you! We have a tendency to see the past with nostalgia, which is not a bad thing. It only becomes a problem when we get stuck in the past, when we think all our best days are in the rear view mirror.
Do you find yourself longing for the ‘good old days’? Are you mired in thoughts that nothing in the present or future will be able to compare to what’s already unfolded in your life?
In Philippians 3:13-14 Paul says ‘No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.’
Whether your past was great or not, forget it! In Christ, your best days are always ahead of you!
Pastor Jon Brooks // College & Young Adult Pastor