We’re a solid week into 2018 and there’ve been too many “Look to the future” and “focus on your dreams” memes for me to keep silent.
I’m all for looking forward. I’m a dreamer. You know me…I love dreaming up new adventures and clinging to hope because I truly believe that hope is in everything–every day, every moment, every person. I think it’s important to breathe in the newness of each day and the promises that come with it.
But that doesn’t mean we should ignore the past.
Yes, there are probably things in our pasts that we should not dwell on. We all have shadows and heartaches. But there are good things in the past, too. Because the past is our story. And it can often be a testament of story-threads that we don’t see until we face it full-on.
This is why I journal. To remember. To be able to look back because I can’t trust my story to only my memory.
Have you ever had that moment when you wrote down a prayer or asked for prayer for something and looked back at that request two months later and realized that God had answered that prayer in powerful ways and you hadn’t even recognized it? That happens to me all the time, and I only spot it when I look back.
God doesn’t ever command us to forget. In fact…
Every year, I keep a list of the big things that have happened that year, and frame it and give it to Mister Ninja. And every year we have similar reactions like, “Oh, wow! I forgot about that!” or “Wow…a lot happened last year.”
I don’t know about you, but my favorite posts to read from others on the new year are the “looking back” posts. Yes, I love the “looking forward” posts, too, but a little red flag goes up when all I see are memes or inspirational quotes about “the future the future the future” because it seems to go against everything.
It seems to be denying the fact that we have a story already. And the future will only be adding another layer of paint onto the incredible backdrop we already have.
Everything in balance, my friends. The past has heartaches, I know. But so does the future. Let’s not forget that both of them also hold blessings and beauty.
This was just a little nugget on my heart this last week. Thank you for letting me share.
How about you?
How do you feel about looking to the future, versus looking back at the past?