I spent some time this past week reflecting on the good ol’ days. Maybe you’ve had weeks like that too. Where the memories of yesterday seem far away and yet I want nothing more than their familiarity.
In the midst of those emotions, I get caught up in the past. I desperately want the touch, smell and feelings that accompany those memories. I realize how incredibly special those memories are and am reminded of the day they were made. They were a day much like today.
That’s right, just a normal day. A normal day where love, laughter, a moment or an exchange made it one of my good ol’ days. And the more time I spent reminiscing about those heartfelt memories, the more I acknowledged the importance of today. The gift of those memories remind me of this beautiful life God’s entrusted to me.
Scripture prepares us for this. God’s word reinforces the importance of knowing today, living today and being in today. He reminds in His word, that we don’t know the day or the hour – in this life our relationship with Jesus and the Kingdom that awaits is our only guarantee. Jesus gets this. He’s knows that encouraging us to embrace today means having memories of yesterday. Memories which bring gratitude for the life we’ve been gifted. Increasing our appreciation for all He’s given… and bringing us full circle in this process.
So as I reminisce, I’ll savor every memory of those loved ones who have passed, those times when the kids were little and those visits to grandma. I’ll smile and be thankful they happened. I’ll savor them. I’ll learn from them, remembering not to rush the moment this time (like I often do because I’m thinking of the next thing on my list). My approach today will be different, maybe yours will be too. I’m ready to pause and capture the moments because I know, the good ol’ days are made today.
Relevant Scripture: “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” James 4:14
Heavenly Father, may we recognize the importance of today while we are in it. Help us to be present, to enjoy the gift of these precious moments and to look back, reminded of the beautiful life You’ve given us. Slow us down to see the moments, so today can become one of the good ol’ days. Amen.