”The clock is running. Make the most of today. Time waits for no man. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.” (Alice Morse Earle)
It’s the New Year! Most of us have vowed to start exercising more. (Don’t look at me!) A lot of us have decided to start reading more of the Bible, and play less video games. Some of you have vowed to stop gossiping, or even are committed to start paying tithes and offerings. Imagine a world without New Year’s resolutions. I wish I never had to diet. I wish I was just skinny, again, like I was in my early teens. What happened to me? Here I am 4,973 Whoppers later, making promises to myself knowing I can’t keep. I haven’t even started yet, and, I’m tired. In fact, I’m tired of being sick and tired of trying!
Does that sound like you? If only we could go back in time and erase our past. If we could only go back to that place, and not take that step that got us so hooked in the first place. Whether it be touching that cigarette for the first time. Or even looking at that dirty magazine, or going into that porn site.
Pastor Eldin Ramirez has an awesome sermon about the movie, Back to the Future, and had inspired me to write this blog, and a sermon concerning the topic. In that movie, Michael J. Fox plays Marty McFly, a typical American teenager of the Eighties, who is accidentally sent back to 1955 in a plutonium-powered DeLorean/time machine invented by his slightly mad scientist friend. Marty must make certain his teenage parents-to-be meet and fall in love, so he can get back to the future.
If that was me, (Though I’d probably would have had to go back in time inside a U-Haul truck, not being able to fit in sports car! Ha!) I would make sure the young me never steps foot inside a fast food restaurant, which happens to be my present weakness. Or I would never grab that Playboy magazine in my hand, or look at the movie Scarface, a movie that made me want to be a mobster, after I saw it.
I definitely would take back those ugly words I have said to people, and I would “unbreak” those hearts I have hurt.
But, I was thinking… Imagine if David had never committed adultery with Bathsheba. We would have never been blessed to read Psalm 51, verses that most of us can relate to, but still points us to a forgiving God.
And, picture King Saul not being scared of Goliath, and killing him. Little David would have probably died a lonely shepherd, and we would have never read of the battle between him and Goliath, a story that gives us hope while facing our very own giants.
Come to think of it, what would we do without these awesome examples of the Bible that warns us of what not to do while preparing for heaven?
So, you know what? If there is gonna be any time traveling whatsoever, let Jesus be the One to travel back in time, allow Him to forgive you of your past sins, so you can finally let go and come back to the future!
That’s what I am going to do! And, while I am being changed, by He who began the good work in me, I’m going to have me a chicken sandwhich (I’m downgrading from a Big Mac). Yet, I’m going to trust in Him that said, “Come now, let us settle the matter…Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool”.
(Isaiah 1:18 NIV)