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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Off On My Tangent - THE GOOD OLD DAYS!

Hello there. Welcome to Entrepreneurial Goddess and the 36th post in my series entitled "Off On My Tangent!"

Seems like ages since I last updated this blog. Did you miss me...even a little?
Since the start of the year, I've certainly had my fair share of challenges including ill-health, the death of a loved one and the everyday anxieties of this life. In an effort to simplify my life, I was cleaning out a few things and came across some old photos from back in the day that caused me to take a nostalgic trip down memory the "good old days" when...

Growing up, we weren't particularly well off, but we weren't poor either. There was always food on the table, clean clothes to wear and plenty of love and laughter in our modest home. We would usually have to wait for dad to come home from work so we could all eat together. Sometimes, we'd be starving, but mum always said we weren't to have any snacks beforehand so as not to ruin our appetite! I remember Dad always liked to have his jeans starched and mum used to whiten the whites with blue. We didn't have much money for expensive games and unlike kids today who really don't know how to play, my sister and I always played together: hop scotch, table tennis [she was really good and always beat me!], scrabble [now that was my forte - I bought a scrabble dictionary and learned really obscure words that would guarantee me triple points every time - used to make my sister so mad!] We roller-skated during school holidays, played marbles, jacks and dominoes to name but a few. We danced to music playing on the record player and stayed up late to get the goodies dad usually brought home from a night out with his steel band. We didn't have today's electronic distractions. Life seemed much simpler then. [Sigh]

Thankfully, my moment of nostalgia was only fleeting when I remembered the Bible warning at Ecclesiastes 7:10*: "Do not say 'Why were the former days better than these?' for it is not out of wisdom that you ask this." Of course, there were good times and bad times, sacrifices made and opportunities missed. But, all the evils that exist today on a far grander scale also existed back then too - violence, prejudice, sickness, suffering, death, poverty, sexual debauchery, immorality and false religion. Our memory is not always reliable and our view of the so-called "good old days" becomes distorted over time. Reality came back into focus...the good old days weren't so good afterall!

The point is: Difficulties and heartaches can cause us to become discouraged, prompting a strong desire for the "good old days" and our former way of life. Then we get stuck in the past, unable or unwilling to move forward to the future. There's nothing wrong with cherished memories and nostalgic moments, but we must keep a balanced view of times gone by. We don't want to be like the wife of Lot! [Genesis 19:26] Instead of fixating on the past and what might/could/should have been, look back to learn and look ahead to live. Look to Jehovah God, the Source of life. [John 17:3] He is the only One who knows what lies ahead. [Isaiah 46:9, 10] He has given us His assurances in His Word, the Bible. We can trust Him, rely on Him, because His Word is absolute truth and his promises will, without any shadow of a doubt, all come true. [Proverbs 3:5, 6; Titus 1:2] Every day we're alive, we're closer to the wonderful future that Jehovah God has in store for us. [Jeremiah 29:11] Then, when we're happily settled in paradise, we'll no longer yearn for the "good old days!" [Psalms 37:9-11; Revelation 21:3-5]

*New World Translation Bible available to read/download free here

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