Wednesday, June 24, 2009

past and present

I've been thinking a lot about where I am and learning to be content in the present. There are so many things about my past that I want to forget but also so many things that I miss and want to remember. There are also so many things that I look forward to in the future, but I don't want to be so focused on them that I fail to enjoy the present.

It seems to be one of the main things that God is teaching me. There are several Scriptures that speak to the hope of the future--and forgetting the past of our former sinful selves before Christ. Some examples: Philippians 3:12-13, Isaiah 43:18. Then there are those Scriptures that speak to remembering the past and the great things that God has done! Some examples: Isaiah 46:9, Genesis 9:16, I Chronicles 16:12. May God continue to lead me in appreciating both. The picture on the header of this blog is of the old and new Cooper River bridges in the Charleston harbor. The old bridge used to cross the river; both were there for a time, and now only the new bridge crosses the river. This picture reminds me of the 'old/new' concept and how they are interrelated.

I've been coming across some old emails and updates that I sent out from various places in the world. They are stories worth telling, so I think I'm going to be starting a 'Flashback' section of this blog, telling stories from the past.

For now, I'm living in the present. Thankful for a relaxing evening and the quietness of heart that comes after some serious repentance. God is good!

1 comment:

  1. Great post. It is interesting to me, too, to find the balance between living in the present, looking forward to the future, and enjoying (or regretting) the memories of the past. I look forward to your flashback posts! :)