I can think of a lot of circumstances that will always prevent me from ever being the same person again. Sad circumstances and happy circumstances.
If we aren’t growing then we aren’t living.
But growing is hard and sometimes we can see people who are where we were and we might wish we could go back to a life where we could live so carefree, or maybe live without the lesson or knowledge that life has now taught us.
Instead of dreaming about the future we live remembering, and longing for the past. This can be just as distracting as only living for the things we don’t yet have in our life.
Both bring discontentment in our life. They both take us away from this moment in time and the gift of today.
I think I live in the past when I realize my children have grown up so fast. I often think about how fun it was when they were little, or how I wish I could’ve done things better or differently.
Sometimes throughout the day I’ll be in the moment and wish it would never end.
But life keeps on moving, living, growing.
Life has taught me there will never be enough time in this life because our hearts long for eternity. Even the most devout non-believer would have to admit that their desire for more time will never be satisfied.
This revelation has given me the opportunity to let go of time and embrace living.
With the life and death of Jesus, He gave us this gift called eternity. We can now live our life instead of clinging to the past, longing for the future, or trying to hold back time and the inevitable.
Jesus taught us to live especially in, and through, His death.
Life will never be the same again for me. With every day I can hear the clock ticking away. I heard a Pastor once say that the older you get you don’t really think about how old you are, instead you think about how much time you have left. This Christmas season I’m learning to embrace whatever new life I have, whether or not it seems better or worse than the past.
I will say when the loss and growth happens it hurts a lot. But now I just have peace in all circumstances. I don’t worry about what might happen because I know it will never prepare me for what will happen.
Even in the moments when I can feel the distracting eyes wandering to the past rising up in me, or looking to see what others have and what I’ve never accomplished. Jesus is so good in that He always reminds me to look at Him.
So often we can be sitting and waiting, hoping on a promise. But Jesus would walk around telling people in His time that the promise is already here!!
Don’t miss the Jesus moments in your life, the promise you are living right now looking for a new promise, or wishing your life could be like the “good old days” because Jesus is in this moment right now.
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