Have you ever gotten a nostalgic feeling when you came across an old photo or video? Maybe it was a photo you found in an old notebook. Maybe it was something on Facebook or the Timehop app reminding you of a moment that happened years ago. Sometimes when this happens, it brings back joyful memories, while other times, not so much. Sometimes those photos include pictures of friends who we don’t hang out with anymore. Sometimes they include faces that remind us of broken relationships, and they bring back those negative feelings all over again.
When you find yourself going through those old photos or looking back on past times, remember that the future God has for you is still bright. You might not have those relationships in your life today, but it doesn’t mean God didn’t use those relationships or moments in your life to make you the person you are today!
Not everyone is going to be in our lives from beginning to end and that’s okay. We can’t predict when other people are going to come in and out of our lives, especially when it comes to friendships. It may even be someone you called “brother” or “sister” and for whatever reason, those ties have been severed or things just aren’t the same anymore. If you’ve ever dealt with that, understand while it’s okay to look back and remember the good times, remember there are even brighter days ahead.
In today’s reading there is a wise reminder to follow the steps of a good man and to stay on the right path. In order to follow someone, you have to look ahead. You can’t follow someone’s lead if you’re constantly looking back.
So, I encourage you: focus on the good that lies ahead. Focus on staying on the path of righteousness. Yes, you will still be faced with storms and trials in the future, but you will also have new experiences as well! God is perfectly capable of mending old relationships and also bringing new people into your life. It’s okay to look back, but don’t let nostalgia carry you away. God will continue to do amazing things in the future too.
Morgan Harper Nichols