Day 16 – THEN AND NOW
Today’s thought is shared by Kathy Hubbard…
“When I was a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” (1 Corinthians 13:11 KJV))
1973. It was a good year! Growing up in a small town, I was graduating from high school with classmates I had enjoyed being in school with for 12 years. We all knew our class motto – “We’re the class that’s wild & free, we’re the class of ‘73. “A few years ago some of my classmates started a Facebook page for us to all get reacquainted. As our 45th reunion is being planned for later this fall, someone recently asked us all to post a ‘then & now’ picture with our Senior picture & picture now. While everyone always says to each other “You haven’t changed a bit”, we all know that 45 years does cause a lot of physical transformation – wrinkles, gray hair, etc. As cute as we all were then, I think many of our pictures are better now than before.
And I have noticed in recent years that even though my classmates like to remind each other of our old class motto, many other changes have taken place. Our conversations are about family, health, community, jobs & even faith. Most of my friends have ‘transformed’ their priorities over the years. But isn’t that how it should be? I guess we aren’t still ‘wild & free’. I grew up in the church & I was baptized as a young teen. I was a Christian when I graduated from high school. I have thought about what my ‘then’ picture as a Christian was and how I have transformed over those 45 years. It has given me an opportunity to look at my priorities now. I am amazed that after all these years, I continue to see something new as I read a familiar passage from God’s Word. I now have enough years to be able to look back & recall time after time that God has answered prayers or led me in a direction I didn’t understand at the time, but now understand. I want to not only ‘transform’ but really continue to always grow in God’s Word so my ‘now’ picture as a Christian is always better than the last one.
Our Heavenly Father, Thank you for your Word. Please, let me always delight in your Word and continue to desire to grow as a Christian for all the days of my life. In Jesus Holy Name, Amen