The Good Old Days

Do you find yourself thinking about the "Good Old Days"? About how stress-free the days were when you were younger?

Recently, when I was reading the book of Ecclesiastes as a part of the Read Scripture Bible Reading Plan, I came across this verse (Ecclesiastes 7:10):

"Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions."

Ouch! This is a challenge to all of us who might be caught looking back wistfully toward those "Good Old Days"!

Perhaps it may help to consider your life as a Christian as a candle. It is in the dark that the candle shines. That is when its purpose is revealed. Is now the time for you to shine the love of God into your world? Your life may be the only "gospel" that some may ever read.

May I suggest, rather than looking wistfully to the past, learn from the past and apply that learning in the present. Today is the only day where you can make a difference. The past is gone and tomorrow is yet to come. This saying may be helpful:

"Learn from the past; Live in the present; Plan for the future."

There was a film starring Robin Williams released in 1989 called "Dead Poets Society". The catch-cry of the film was: "Carpe Diem", which is Latin for "Seize the Day".

Perhaps this is something from the past, that we can apply today and help create the future that God is calling us to.

God bless,

Tim Connelly

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