Do not say, “Why were the former days better than these?” For you do not inquire wisely concerning this.
Looking back to “the good ol’ days” isn’t very wise. As a matter of fact, our memories of the good old days can get kind of clouded as the years roll by. And if you’re not careful, you can get stuck there wishing for them again. But do you really want them back? I remember my Grandpa telling me about those days back when he lived in Washington state. He worked long 16-hour days, 6 days a week, getting paid very little but working very hard in a sawmill. He had no health insurance, no running water, and no indoor bathrooms, while trudging through the snow. It sounded like Little House on the Prairie to me, and it made me glad I didn’t live in those times.
Even today, as Christians, we can get caught up in living in the past and not seeking what God might have for us today. Paul would say in Philippians 3:13-14, “One thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reach forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Now that’s good ol’ wisdom!
Pastor Doug Hardin