“What if?” is a question that we often use to express our concerns about the future. It can also drive us completely nuts causing anxiety to wail up inside of us. Stealing every moment of peace and joy if we allow it to. I believe we do this because we don’t want to repeat the mistakes of the past so we meditate on ways to repair it in the present to change our futures and hopefully stop them from looking like a train wreck. Truth be told, train wreck or not, living in the past and ruminating on it robs us of so much present joy that before we know it we are living out the horrible yesterday.
So why do we allow our yesterdays to take up so much of our todays? I think that its common but some people have actually mastered leaving the past behind them or at least have a very well put together way of showing that they have. Time is one of the most precious things that God has given us and while some use their time wisely because they count the seconds, minutes, and hours others are lavish with their time allowing themselves not to be consumed with calculating the time because they are busy cherishing the moment.
There is a time for everything at least that’s what the writer in Ecclesiastes tells us. Theologians call him a wise teacher. Only a wise teacher can tell us the importance and significance of time. And this wise teacher obtained his wisdom from God because he was the one who inquired of the Lord to give him wisdom instead of riches or more territory.
Ecclesiates 3:1-8 For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away. A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace.
When we spend time in the past we miss the preparation for the present time because our minds are consumed with what happened. Don’t get me wrong I totally agree that we are to learn the lessons from yesterday to make a better tomorrow. However focusing on the past too often can rob us of the present joys. If these words of wisdom are accurate then we ought to use it wisely while appreciating it at the same time.
Time holds a lot of meaning for a lot of different people for some its memory, money, people, hobbies, business, education, family, etc., all require time in different increments and quantities. In whatever way you use your time I want to challenge you to use some of your time to devote to the one who fashioned time. And you may say to yourself who on earth created time? The answer, God. God fashioned and created the very time that we value in so many different ways. And the one thing that you have to appreciate Him with is the very time that He has given you. Prayer, studying the Holy Bible, attending church service, and serving others in our community are ways that we honor God with our time.
So if you’re one of those people that have a habit of focusing on and revisiting the past in a negative way I want to encourage you and let you know that you don’t have to let yesterdays bad experiences ruin todays wonderful experiences. And if you’re not connected to God all you have to do is accept Jesus Christ, God’s son, as your personal Savior. Just say this out loud, ” Lord I believe that your son Jesus Christ died to save me from my sins and I receive your son as my personal Savior, in Jesus Name. Amen.” You then can begin to appreciate the time that God has given you by doing the things that honor Him with your time.