It has been dawning on me that I am no longer a child. I am an adult with lots of adult responsibilities. Yes, I don’t have children or too much of a financial burden to worry about, but nevertheless, I am in my last year of being a teenager – which means time to practise my growing responsibility. I think that moving to the other side of the world has helped me grow up lots as I don’t have the safety of having the simplicity of being home with my family and in a familiar place. It was my older brother’s birthday on Monday and I called home for a chat, and being present in their conversation made me so aware of what I’m missing out on – special celebrations, birthdays, baptisms, milestones that I’m not able to be there for. I have often caught myself thinking about when I was home amongst my family when I was younger, all together doing spontaneous holidays, special days out or family chill time at home. Now it doesn’t happen so much, we’ve grown up, and are living apart from one another. It’s so easy to reflect on past memories, funny things we’ve seen as a family or each other’s cheeky behaviour. But as I’ve come to realise, just because we’re across the seas and physically not able to be there for each other, we can and will create new memories. Lamentations 3:22-24 says;
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”
We could be thinking about things from the past too much, mistakes we’ve made, hurtful situations against us, comfortable jobs, or fun memories we just want to relive again and again. But don’t lose focus on what the future could bring. There’s so much more to look forward to. While we may be overwhelmed with things that have once happened in the past, whether they are hurtful or joyful memories, we shouldn’t spend too long being flooded with emotion by them. They help us to make tomorrow even greater. And when we surround ourselves with God’s word and ask to be in His presence, we get given hope. God brings new hope, new joy and new opportunities for us. I’ll be looking forward to what tomorrow brings, and to making new memories across the seas with a Skype-call-meal, all together with my family. Friends, I challenge you to look forward to each new day. Make tomorrow better than yesterday, because we know the hope God brings.