How to handcuff the present

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) With God, there is always good and meaningful work to do. There is always a good and God-honouring goal to work toward. 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

–I’m on vacation until August 26. So today’s devotional is previously published from the book: “Up! – 313 Devotionals To Help You Start Your Day in a Biblical, Relevant Way.” Click here to learn more about the book, to read endorsements, and to find order information. 100% of the profits are going to Fight4Freedom, an organization dedicated to fighting against human trafficking in the sex trade.

–After today “Up!” is going on pause until August 26. I hope you’re having a great and God-honouring August!

–Bible quotes are from the NIV.


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