One sign that a person is getting older is when that person considers the time he has occupied while on earth and come to the conclusion that there once–during that all too brief time which is named “the past“–days which were once considered IMPORTANT, but which–at present time–are no more important than any other day.
OR, maybe it is only a sign that the person arriving at such a mental stop is merely more REFLECTIVE?
OR, maybe it means that the person conducting the search of times past was intent on gathering information about those times which are only visited in one’s memory?
Though the REASONS for a particular day’s change in status may differ, it seems that MOST of those once-important days CHANGED because the person-doing-the-reflecting has CHANGED his OUTLOOK.
MANY of the days in question were once important to an ex-spouse or a family member who is, for one reason or another, no longer an integral part of the reflective one’s life.
Perhaps a birthday or other day once considered IMPORTANT due to the ex-spouse or family member’s importance is now just another day which passes without much notice?
MANY other days which were once central in one’s life have to do with OUTLOOKS which changed. Perhaps one CHANGED his mind about a group which was ONCE an important part of one’s life? Because that group is no longer in the person’s life, the days set aside for that group’s purposes are no longer important.
Perhaps one CHANGED his mind about a past time which once occupied a large part of the reflective one’s free time?
It seems that the key word here might be “CHANGES.”
CHANGES in one’s life merit a re-thinking of the time set aside for things which were once considered much more important than they are now.
Perhaps one once devoted time to a hobby or sport or past time which no longer carries that “IMPORTANT” identifier?
It seems that a person who reflects on the times one ONCE spent on various and sundry activities can look at the CHANGES which have occurred during his lifetime and come to a couple of different conclusions.
ONE conclusion is that those times ONCE considered to be important, but, for one reason or another, are no longer considered to be significant?
Well, those times are times WASTED. Hours and hours which one ONCE spent on a person, place or thing are NOW gone and will NEVER be restored or recovered.
A SECOND conclusion is that those times ONCE considered to be important, but, for one reason or another, are no longer considered to be significant?
Well, those times merely reflect a person’s changing life. What a person ONCE considered important is no longer so. BUT, a person NOW spends his time on other people, places or things. This is merely a reflection of a person’s changing tastes and preferences.
Regardless of the amount of time spent on considering what one ONCE felt was important, it seems that consigning some times ONCE considered to be important to the waste bin of one’s life achieves NOTHING.
A person ought to celebrate the many changes in one’s life, not castigate them.
[NOTE: Examining the past TRUTHFULLY is NOT the same thing as what God’s Word refers to as ‘looking back.’ There are many important points to be learned from an objective, truthful examination of days gone by. However, there are many points of deception to slip into from looking back at one’s past SIN-FILLED life with yearning.]
One suspects that man will ever look back at his past–searching for mistakes he made or ways to do things better or…
HAS the reader ever wandered down this particular path?
It is not YET too late: there is still a LITTLE time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: March 14, 2022.]
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–with Mondo Frazier
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