Don’t Live Looking Back

We made a quick trip to my husband’s childhood stomping grounds. Unfortunately it’s another family funeral. But as always along the way there are highlights of his youth and we talk about special places like the first place he killed a deer. Then there’s Ranger Hill. Always fun because it’s like a wind tunnel with signs to warn the driver of the current.

Except they are now in the process of cutting back the grade of that hilly climb. It’s for safety but another childhood spot will be just a memory.

Oh beloved, it’s a good thing we don’t have to live in the past isn’t it? Fond remembrances can easily turn into melancholy wishes for the old days.

God speaks and He knows it’s okay to remember but don’t live there. Things are changing. God is moving and it’s always forward. Even the good times of life are gifts but not residences. And if you are looking back at all your mistakes and troubles you will be even more melancholy. Even though death is part of living God has called you to live abundantly today! You’re not just waiting for your turn at the cemetery. You’re not just reminiscing till you check out of here. Today you woke up and have this day to give God the glory and possess it for Jesus to bring Him glory and enjoy it fully.

God loves you and He’s for you. At the grave site, on the mountain and all the days in between. Run to Him this morning and thank Him for life, true liberty and the choice to pursue His plan for you. And live fully rejoicing in the light of this gift of today!

Philippians 1: 21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

I Thessalonians 4: 1  Finally, dear brothers and sisters, we urge you in the name of the Lord Jesus to live in a way that pleases God…

Psalm 16: 11 You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Psalm 146: 2 I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.

                          Rebekah Beene, Oh Beloved!