As somebody once quipped “nostalgia aint what it used to be”. Well, last week I took a nostalgic trip and visited Swineshead and Boston in Lincolnshire. I was born in Boston, I have a number of relatives who still live there. It was lovely to walk down the streets and see how things have changed and, of course, it evoked memories of the past.
Whilst I thoroughly enjoyed my visit, I don’t think it’s healthy to live in the past and mourn over the “good old days”. You see, when we live only in the past, we are unable to move on or accept that people and life changes. To live solely in yesterday, makes our ability to live today somewhat more difficult.
The opposite side to this is, as Edmund Burke said that “those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it”. That is one of the problems that we read over and again in the Bible with the ancient nation of Israel. They forget the past, and so repeat the mistakes of the past. When Jesus speaks to the Church in Ephesus in the book of Revelation He says;
Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. (Rev 2 vs. 5)
As one commentator suggests “cultivating spiritual memory leads to spiritual health”. So, here are some things I am trying to remember which I hope will help you too.
Firstly, I want to remember that I matter to God (you matter to God). God is not interested in numbers, He is interested in individuals. Because I (you) matter so much to God, He sent Jesus to die on the cross for me (you).
Secondly, I want to remember that God is concerned with the attitudes of my heart (your heart). Therefore, how I live today matters to God. Am I (you)loving, forgiving, compassionate?
Thirdly, I want to remember that God wants me (you) to grow in my (your) relationship with Him. To do this, He sent His Holy Spirit to work in my (your) heart. Therefore, I need to remember to listen for the prompting of God’s Holy Spirit.
Fourthly, I want to remember that God has promised to always walk with me (you). Therefore, no matter how difficult life seems to be, I (you) am not alone no matter what seems to be happening around me.
Now, if I (you) can keep remembering all these things, that would be a trip down memory lane worth taking!