How often are you tempted to revisit the Past? A brief visit, a recollection, to reminisce with others can be fun, informative and help to make a current or future decision. As we progress through life our past builds up and it is easy to get hook up or frozen into a past memory. We know when this happens when it is hard to put away, like a photo book which is always on display!
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Recently, I took a tour round my hometown, one in which I haven’t lived in since my teens. It was odd in that my memory told me of the names of shops and places which used to be there and yet my eyes showed me a very different vista. Shops remained but the old names of Mayes and Tiptons were now replaced by Cost Cutter and Tesco Express, the old wool shop was now a barbers and the local garage where the first car was purchased is now a three story block of apartments. Fields where I had played as a girl and walked my dog had been developed, replaced with a housing estate, with the only thing remaining the street name, Field View, to indicate a time gone by! My past now is only retained in my memory as the actual physical place is no longer and there is no going back.
My favourite film, Frozen – features a line in the song – the Past is in the Past and I also considered a recent conversation about current IT and computer technology. There is now a generation who will not know what it was like to be without mobile phones and computers. There seems a natural divide of those who understand computers and those who do not. Some who choose not to have the latest mobile and not to be connected on the internet. However, for those who have engaged, there is no going back.
Power of Electricity
Electricity is our modern way of life, certainly in the richer countries and to live life without it seem barbaric and cruel. I wonder if this is the way the younger generation may consider the internet and IT in years to come. You see there is no going back.
What is your no going back point? What is now in your life where previously you were unaware but once you were exposed to it, it is impossible to go back to a life without it? You may reminisce but you cannot relive a past point.
For me it is like this with Jesus – I can remember a time when He was not in my life, when the Holy Spirit didn’t have a daily conversation with me (that I was acutely aware of!) and that God was a distance entity on a cloud somewhere. Then later I began to know more, want to know more and now no matter how much I put it aside my faith has become an integral part of me so there is no going back.
A life containing Jesus is so wonderful, that I would love others to share it and I am so thankful for those who have shared their stories with me along the way. Who wouldn’t want some of it? On the days, weeks and even years when life is difficult, health fails, thoughts complicate simple actions and relationships are challenging, it is still easier with God at my side than without Him.
It is impossible to unlearn, unknow or unconnect with God once you have had Him in our lives. Yet, as you and I have free will, there is always choice – to be with or without God. Sometimes it is a creep or ‘back sliding’ as it is coined. Where poor decisions are made, usually to not attend – a meeting, a service, time to listen, or it can be a direct decision and in each case in order to do so your heart needs to become hardened. Or as I like to call it your heart needs to become Frozen. Just like anytime you turn away from someone, or refuse to take their call when they attempt to interact you have to deliberately cool your interest in them. Freeze them out – Become Frozen.
We cannot go back to a time when you didn’t know God and if this is your choice I’d love to pray with you. He is not the enemy and I urge you to everything you can to celebrate your knowledge in Him.
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