From Glenn (March)

I was thinking the other day about how carefree Rebecca was when she was little. What an amazing imagination she had! She could play for hours on end by herself or with other kids. Linda, her dad Alfred and I built Rebecca a playhouse when she was three and it seemed her imagination grew even more when she was playing in “her house”. One day I was with her playing “the Dad” while she played her role as “the Mom”. She said something like, “I hope I can live here forever!” She was excited about the possibili-ties of living in one place, doing the same things every day for the rest of her life because that made her happy and comfortable for the moment. While that may sound perfect for a little girl as she plays, it’s not very practical for us as adults. The sad thing is, there are many Christians who live that way. Not wanting anything to change in their life from one day to the next. Always talking about memories instead of being thankful for the present, or even planning for the future. In 1 Peter 1:3-4, God says through Peter, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.” (emphasis mine). Can I share something with you? When memories exceed your dreams, the end is near. Read that again. When our focus is on the past and “the good ole days”, it is not on our living hope in Christ, and we allow the past to direct our thinking as well as our actions and the end could come sooner than we think. We are choosing to remain in a comfortable place instead of looking forward to what God wants to do in and through our lives when it is uncomfortable and yes, even painful.
That’s where prayer comes in. When your mind wanders to the past and wants to stay there, pray for God to bring you back to today and lead you to the future. Remember, God does not live in the past and He is our hope for the future. Our living hope.

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