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Monday, September 6, 2010

"The Good Ol' Days..."

We give ourselves away by what comes out of our mouths.

For example, there are those among us who begin many sentences with, "In my time...."  "When I was in......."  "It used to be...."  "In my day...."  (never have understood this one....." what "day" is  "my" day?!!)

The Good Ol' Days.

God has an interesting perspective on the good ol' days:  It's found in Jeremiah 3:16

"And WHEN YOUR LAND IS FILLED ONCE MORE WITH PEOPLE," says the LORD, you will no longer wish for 'the good old days.'

What do we see here:

* "When": A choice must be made on our part; it's not a given.

* "Your land is filled": The implication is that 'your land' is presently not filled.  That which is around you, giving your purpose to get out of bed, sustenance as your 'cultivate' it, and nourishment as the fruit of the 'land' is enjoyed must be in the present, not the past.  (Any farmer gets this one!)

* "Once more WITH PEOPLE": Ahhhh.....here is the key, my friend.  Our land is just that, 'land, WITHOUT PEOPLE in our lives! Cultivating the lives of those around us, 'watering', 'weeding', caring for PEOPLE in our lives is the key!!

* "You will no longer wish for the good old days" ; The implication is that WITHOUT cultivating PEOPLE in our lives we revert to wishful thinking, to wandering in the past, to getting stuck among ghosts of thoughts, of events, of times long gone....

God is calling us to ABUNDANT LIFE....NOW....TODAY...IN THE PRESENT!!

How?  By 'filling our land with PEOPLE!!.....not memories!!"

May we grasp this biblical principle, hold on to it and FILL OUR LAND WITH PEOPLE, remembering the past with gratitude and living into the present...for HIS glory and the good of others!!

Please join me in "filling our land" with people....today!

Filling my land,
     Ele

2 Comments:

Anonymous Kimberly said...

This is such an example for so much and so many of us at all different stages of our lives! It makes me think about my Grandma...I don't think she desires new people in her life...just longs for all the old. Its comfortable. What would happen if she ventured out...took a silver sneakers class? Hmm...It makes me think about me, my friends and my sisters. Our families are so beautiful and we should cherish every moment we are in and share it with others and set examples of "filling our lives" with our kiddos. So much food to chew on.... Its so good to have His word to find resolve, answers, great instruction. Great illumination Ele! love!!!!!! xoxoxxox

September 10, 2010 at 11:41 AM  
Blogger Ele Parrott said...

So pleased you are "chewing" on the Living Bread of Life, Kimberly!! There is so much nutrition and nourishment in HIM...since HE came up w/ the idea of humans in the first place it is good to know His mind.
Grateful that our steps intersect on this Journey here below!

September 10, 2010 at 11:15 PM  

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