2 Reasons You Should Stop Yearning for the Past

1. Your Present
2. Your Future

What’s done is done. Yes, I know they were good times. I had them too. But they’re gone.

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Don’t forget them. Don’t forsake the past; it is important to understand the context of your life and the world at large especially within the scope of the Bible. But don’t yearn for the past or induce nostalgia of a time gone by.

Trust me, I’ve learned the hard way.

When I moved from Nevada to Norman, Oklahoma as a seventeen-year-old, I tried desperately to resurrect the past. My first months in our new home I spent as if they weren’t reality. And in the process I lost almost a year of time.

There are few things as sweet as a good memory, so why not make new ones today? In reminiscing about the proverbial good old days we fail to realize an important truth:

These are the good old days.

These precious moments with your kids or your grandkids or your bestie are the memories you’ll wish you could relive in a decade. Cherish every second you have on earth. Grab hold of them and squeeze out every ounce of joy you can. 

Pining for the past is a great way to kill your present and destroy your future. (It’s also a great way to become a pillar of salt.) Instead be present in the present.

And if you’d like to learn more about how to make the most of your life for the glory of God, check out my new book Under the Sun: Discover Your Calling and Live a Meaningful Life.

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