Isaiah 43:18-19 ESV
Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
Almost every parent can relate to the feelings my wife and I had a few months back putting our son on the school bus for the first time. You think of the years leading up to that point and sometimes wish you could go back.
While there’s nothing wrong with holding onto memories, we tend to compare the reality of the present with an idealized view of a perfect past that never really existed. Time has a way of altering our perception by isolating the highlights in life. I honestly can’t say I miss overnight feedings and diaper changes and I couldn’t throw a football with a 3 year old like I do with my son now.
We see in scripture that God is infinitely more focused on our present and our future than our past. This should be taken not only as encouragement to leave the hurts and disappointments behind but also to avoid spending our time wishing that things were the way they used to be. Don’t miss a minute of the present that God has given you by living in the past!