How to handcuff the present

[Notice: I’m on vacation for August. So this month’s devotionals are some favourites from the past few years – and also previews of my upcoming book: “Up! – 313 Devotionals To Help You Start Your Day In A Biblical, Relevant Way.” Enjoy!]

I’m no stranger to nostalgia. I like looking back and remembering the good ole days.

But is there a point when looking back too much is harmful?

I believe that if you glorify the past you handcuff the present. In other words, if you put too much stock in what has happened in the past, you undermine the potential and power of what can happen next.

It’s just too easy to strap on some rose-coloured glasses and make an idol out of those golden yester-years (even if they weren’t so golden).

I think this was one of the things Paul was getting at when he wrote, “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14, NLT) With God, there is always good and meaningful work to do. Your horizon always has hope.

It’s good to visit the past from time to time. But don’t stay there. If you think your best days are behind you, they will be.

So press on toward the goal.

If you glorify the past you handcuff the present.

By Matthew Ruttan

  • “Up!” is published 5 days a week (Monday to Friday) and returns on August 27th.

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