Pause. Let your mind drift back…and farther back…and farther still. Where did you go? What memories floated to the forefront of your thoughts? What mental doors did you start to open and then slam shut? Where did you linger? Which faces brought warmth to your heart and which ones sent chills through your spine?
My memories pique my interest. At times I am surprised by the names that pop into my head – people I haven’t seen or talked to in years. Other times there will be a recurring thought, perhaps things I played as a child, or places I visited, or events in which I was a participant. Certain memories cause me to recoil; certain people bring tears of joy or sorrow or bitterness to my eyes. Every so often I regret missed opportunities and wonder what fond memories they would have brought had I seized the day.
I believe that the circumstances and people of which our memories are comprised are what shape our identities and have influenced the people we are in this moment. Each person has left a fingerprint upon our values and opinions; each event or situation or cause in which we spent time has given us experience to reflect upon and, in turn, prompts our future decisions. With this perspective in mind, it prompts me to pose the question: how will we live tomorrow?
There is less than a month left of the year 2018. It behooves us to reflect on how we are going to move forward in the year ahead:
- How much time is spent with Jesus each day?
- Which individuals need more of my time and attention?
- Are there habits that need to be removed or cultivated?
- How can I keep my mind from stagnating?
- What opportunities do I want to seize?
- Do I need to refresh my priorities?
Every moment that I live is an investment into my future. I want it to be worthwhile.