“Do not say, ‘Why were the old days better than these?’ For it is not wise to ask such questions.”- Ecclesiastes 7:10
“Just hold on loosely but don’t let go. If you cling to tightly you’re gonna lose control.”- 38 Special
“You can only lose what you cling to.”- Buddha
Biblical wisdom, 38 Special, and Buddha all have one thing in common. The practical knowledge that holding on to anything too long or too hard is unproductive at best and destructive at worst.
When we cling on to the past we unintentionally do a few things:
- We confess a lack of faith. Believing that God doesn’t have good in mind for us any longer. That our best and most productive days are behind us. Thinking that he provided before but He will not again.
- We block the blessings coming to us if we can’t get over the ones that have moved on. That girl obsessed with the boy she lost won’t see the great guy in front of her. Or if she does, she’ll drive him away by talking about the boy in her past. If you’re holding onto suitcases full of pain from the past, you can’t grab hold of your future.
“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”- CS Lewis