Well, today was day 3 in California. Today we went to Vallejo to visit our old apartment and church, and my dad’s old workplace. I was actually only 1 year old when we lived there, so I don’t remember any of it. It was nice to see my parents having fun recalling old memories, though.
Memories are a good thing. Not all of them are pleasant to remember; we’ve all made our share of mistakes. But our bad experiences are a huge part of what makes us who we are today. Learning from those mistakes is essential to living our lives wisely.
The opposite side is good as well. We should always hold dear the good memories of our past. Remembering past glories can allow us to praise God even more for those things. Those triumphs of the past can give us hope for the present.
Of course, it’s never good to dwell in the past too much. We shouldn’t live in shame, guilt or condemnation from past mistakes. We shouldn’t live in regret that our lives now aren’t as good as the glory days. We live in the present, not the past. We should make the most of today. Not letting the past get in the way, we should still keep it in mind. We all have our share of mistakes and glories. They’re part of growing up.
“Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.” -James 1:23-24