“The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be." Marcel Pagnol.
Considering the past, I, for the most part like the present far more than I did the past. The “romance” of yesterday takes on a far different glow when honestly recalled. Outside facilities were bad enough, but the spiders and snakes that often shared them, removed any thought that someday I would fondly recall such. While hand operated pumps beat foot carried water, I still like the idea of pressure tanks and water gushing in the sink or shower! Tysons beat brooms hands down! Have you ever hand cranked a tractor or car? Hand cranks caused more concussions than the NFL! Lots of people fondly recall the beauty of a dirt road, but then they usually did not live alongside of a busy one.
The present? What a volcano of things to stir the mind and the cause the heart to be “afeared.” A friend told me of his fears of Isis, and other world problems, but closed his conversation with, “Honestly, preacher, I fear my own government more than anything else.” Throughout time, the present has been and will be laden with real and supposed fears. In the present we search for security which has the uncanny ability to play hide and seek. Just when you think your present and future is secure, the world turns upside down with a scandal such as Enron, or the fiasco of a Bernie Madoff. Or the factory where you worked and built your hopes and dreams around, heads for foreign shores. Your marriage breaks up bringing with it financial ruin. Ethel Waters put it correctly when she lamented, “The problem with life is it’s so daily.”
The future? If things continue along the current path, do we even have a future? The woebegone outlook of many agrees with Eric Blair who wrote, “The future consists of a “boot in your face” as entire populations are stomped into submission.” This is rather hopeless.
The antidote for the above is to adopt a biblical world view, which causes you to know the truth about the past, the truth being it was real, it happened, but we can learn from it, ask forgiveness for our part in messing it up, and move on with a clean heart and clear mind. God puts it like this: Hebrews 10:17, "Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more." (It’s okay to put “mine” in place of “their”).
As to the present, how about this from Paul: Philippians 3:13 “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind (past) and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,” (Present) The Future: 14,” I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Now quit worrying and go to sleep!
Copyright © 2015 Larry Lilly
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