It may be hard to believe, but not only is it the 3rd week of Advent, but we only have 15 days left of 2019! The saying is true, time certainly does fly.
What is your earliest memory of time? I can still remember being a child in elementary school having to recite, daily, the current date. The whole class in unison would yell the month, day and year. The earliest year I can remember reciting is 1979! Some of you reading this can remember earlier, and some, much much later. I also have all my yearbooks from elementary school, and from time to time, I will cruise through them. Maybe you do some similar things when you reflect on the past.
Reflecting on our pasts can be fun and nostalgic, however, we do have to be on guard. Why do you ask? Because while we may have very fond memories of our childhoods, many of us have periods of time we would soon rather forget about. When you are a little older, such as myself, reflection can quickly turn into dwelling on past sins, poor decisions, and failures. Looking into our pasts is a double-edged sword, and prolonged visits into the past can lead to depression.
The Advent season, and Christmas, New Years Day, etc., is a time where we reflect a little more. However, do not let your reflection go to the dark side (as Obi-wan would say). Be on guard, and look to the hope we have at Christmas. Not only will you enjoy this holiday time even more, but you will save yourself the agony of traveling down the road of despair.
"Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert." Isaiah 43:18-19