All my life I have heard people talk about the “good old days” and I could not relate. Often times, they were being retrospective to the days before marriage and kids, when they could be abandoned to their own wants and desires instead of caring for others. This statement has always made my heart sad because I believed that each year life should get better.
I was startled with the truth when I was talking with my husband one day, upset because of the things I could no longer do, physically. I was telling him how much I missed the way life used to be (prior to surgery). He gave me the best advice at the perfect time. He said “Things are not the same. We have to keep moving forward (just keep swimming) and find new things that bring joy.” I realized over the next few days that I had fallen into the trap of believing the “good old days” were better than the life before me.
I began searching my heart. What I found is that over the course of 3 years I had become more and more introspective and withdrawn from many of the things and people I loved. I was afraid to let people down, so I stopped trying. People did not understand the battle I was fighting through and often times their words, which were meant to be kind, were daggers to my heart. I lost sight of the fact that life should get better with time.
So when faced with the truth we always have 2 options.
Option 1 is to run from the only thing that can make things whole again (God) and let the circumstances around us continue to bring us down.
Option 2 is to run to God and let his Spirit and the Word of God become our new perspective.
Psalm 121 says: I lift up my eyes to the hills from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
Luke 12:32 says: Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
Life can be hard. Life can be filled with things we never wanted. Life is a choice. A choice to live retrospective and introspective or to take on a new perspective.
I choose to live. I choose to believe what God says about me and my life. I choose to move forward and find new things that bring joy!!!