Your best days

The older we get the more we tend to think of our past – the good old days, perhaps our best days. It’s easy to get all nostaglic with a trip down memory lane. The past is getting longer and the future seems to be getting shorter with less and less to look forward to. Perhaps life has reached a stage for you where you have very little to look forward to, not much more than increasing illness and weakness – then death.

The problem with trips down memory lane is that they are not merely sweet but often bitter-sweet. The bitterness comes from hankering too much after the past, wishing we could be young again etc., and our minds going to things we regret.

But – what if? What if our best days were not behind us but before us. This is a possibility and promise held out to us in the good news of Jesus. Here’s how it is expressed in one part of the Bible:

Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13,14)

He’s able to forget the past and leave it behind him because it is forgiven through Jesus and he’s able to look forward to a glorious everlasting future because it’s been won for him (and all Christian believers) by Jesus. This is the good news and beautiful promise for all who belong to Jesus by faith.

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