Remembering the Past

My girls and Patty have been going through boxes of old photographs getting a lot of laughs as we see ourselves from years ago. It is hard to believe but I used to be rather slim with lots of hair and my beard was black! As we were looking through the pictures, even some from my High School days, I couldn’t remember much of the details that would have been part of my life when the picture was taken. I often lament all the events and experiences that I can no longer remember, it is like they didn’t even happen.

I often wonder about heaven and my new glorified body. I am sure that I will be able to remember every detail and every thought of my entire life. As I reminisce in heaven about my life here on earth will I have much regret or sorrow over what I did and didn’t do with the life I was given by the Lord? Some people will say, we won’t remember any of the sad stuff, God will take that away. I think that is just wishful thinking, personally. One of things that will make eternity awesome is the contrast between there and here.

But I am sure that there will be some feelings of regret when we remember fully and realize what could have been, and what we could have accomplished. But for now, I am choosing to forget the past and press on hard, with all my might to become all that I am capable of becoming and to accomplish all that I am capable of accomplishing.

2 thoughts on “Remembering the Past

  1. Francis Garceau

    Thank you Dee,for remembering the past blog. I have regrets about failures and wrong decisions during my young adult life, which I tend to dwell on more than looking to the future with great hope and anticipation. This is a good word for me. Thank you for your good leadership. Love you, Francis Garceau

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  2. Tim Edgren

    I agree, I think we will have the opportunity and capacity for regret. Revelation 21:4 says: “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

    I interpret that as we will have occasion to cry, but that Jesus will be there to show how His purpose was triumphant and how His glory was revealed, even in our failures. We won’t be able to sin anymore, so that takes a lot of the sting out of regret — no despair will be possible. I expect my regrets will be like the response of man who was born blind but was healed by Jesus — the 37 years of blindness will still have pain, but the glory of having his sight ‘wipes away’ the worst of the regret.

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