This is another post from my 2012 archives but still very relevant. Hope it blesses you!
We were sitting at the table having a lighthearted conversation over lunch when Joel asked me what I was like when I was younger. Before I could give him a long poetic answer as to how wonderful, special & loveable I was as a child, his sister blurts out, “SHE WAS A HEATHEN!” I was shocked and totally caught off guard by her response. I have had previous conversations with Naomi about my past and explained to her that I did not always serve Jesus, I did not acknowledge the one true God so this made me a heathen. I didn’t expect her to repeat this, at least not now. Not in in my moment to shine, not in my moment of bragging to my first born man child as to how special his mommy was.
Isn’t it so tempting and easy to look back at our past through rose colored glasses? If we are not careful, we allow the enemy to trick us into believing that it was better back then. This can grow seeds of discontentment leaving us longing for a yesterday that really wasn’t all that wonderful, especially if we didn’t know Christ. How often do we look at our present life and think it was so much better back then…but was it really? We need the truth of God’s word to remind us how much better things are TODAY because we know Him. Even if we don’t have the perfect spouse, perfect job, perfect children, perfect home, etc… things are absolutely positively better because we know JESUS!
In what areas of your life have you allowed discontentment to creep in, leaving you longing for yesterday? Do you feel like you look back at your past through distorted lens? What can you be thankful for TODAY? How is your life better today, have you thanked God for the change?
But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62