"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,