Here we are at the beginning of a new year once again. Time to look forward and to put the past behind us. Some people have quite a bit of difficulty with this and cling to the past. This is due to several reasons, but the usual reason is simply because it gives comfort. The tried and true are always a comfort. But if you think about it, the past wasn’t all a bed of roses. I remembered this as I was scraping the ice off the car this week. I used to have a 1955 Chevrolet which gave me many fond memories. But as I was scraping I remembered how many times I had to fuss with that car because the radiator was frozen. My tendency is to forget that part and just remember all the good times. But if I did that, then I’d still be driving a 1955 Chevrolet.
To be honest, I do tend to embrace change and anticipate the future. I’m like this because I believe the future will bring a better way. Sometimes that’s true, other times it’s not true. Regardless, the future comes anyway. I haven’t had a frozen radiator since I got rid of that car. Why? Because I learned from the past and made sure in the future I bought a car that wouldn’t do that. So the lesson learned is: Remember the past, but don’t dwell on it. The future is coming. There are new and exciting things to learn!
This blog consists of reflections written by the minister each week for the Sunday bulletin. We hope that you enjoy the musings!