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 posted by: Albin Siby on 9/18/2018

I'm addicted to sexual sins,getting angry , pride, unbelief, hypocrisy, laziness, lack of sincereity towards God, and lack of repentance ,etc., that I've been committing for long time. I'm bound in chains of darkness and addicted... Read More

Sis. Mary Johnson-McFarland

 posted by: Ebenezer United Methodist Church on 9/12/2018

The Ebenezer UMC Family lifts the Johnson Family in prayer. We pray for comfort, understanding, guidance, strength, and peace during this very difficult time at the loss of your beloved sister, Mary Johnson-McFarland. Read More

PRAYER REQUEST:MY SCHIZOPHRENIA/MY DEPRESSION

 posted by: KRISTOFER GARTH LEVAR PATTERSON on 9/8/2018

I have been depressed for many years now.I have always had mental problems, social problems, and other challenging circumstances in my life. I always had problems talking with the opposite sex, maintaining friendships with people, not just women.... Read More

prayer request

 posted by: li cross on 9/1/2018

Not to lost my job in the Administration Wing to preach the gospel. Read More

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2nd 3rd job

 posted by: anonymous old lady on 8/28/2018

I need a 2nd & 3rd job because every job I have ever done has been automated and I am 60 years old and need to make enough money to pay rent for a place to live. I need God to remove the obstacles in not having experience or the right... Read More

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Nostalgia: Handle with Care

 

Nostalgia: Handle with Care 

“Do not say, ‘Why were the former days better than these?’ For you do not inquire wisely concerning this” (Ecclesiastes 7:10).
IT’S HARD TO REACH FORWARD AND BACKWARD AT THE SAME TIME. Yet I fear that’s the very thing we often try to do. We say we’re reaching forward, but the pull of nostalgia can tug at our hearts so strongly that we catch ourselves trying to make the world like it USED to be rather than the way it OUGHT to be, as if “used to be” and “ought to be” were exactly synonymous. The net effect of our exertions in life is often more backward than forward.
Nostalgia is a wonderful thing, and not many folks love it any more than I do. But nostalgia must be handled with care. If we don’t watch out, it can hinder us in our journey toward God. So here are a few tips on enjoying the past in a helpful, healthful way.
(1) WHATEVER GOOD MAY HAVE BEEN DONE PREVIOUSLY, TODAY IS THE ONLY DAY ANY NEW ACTIVITY CAN BE DONE. We can enjoy the past, and we can certainly learn from it. But yesterday’s work is already done, and that work won’t suffice for today. Thinking about the past (or anything else, for that matter) can’t be a substitute for today’s action.
(2) WE MUST LEARN TO BE GRATEFUL FOR THE PAST WITHOUT WORSHIPING IT. Having the right attitude toward past, present, and future is a matter of BALANCE. If there are good things about the days gone by, we must love those things neither too little nor too much. Maintaining that balance requires making frequent adjustments.
(3) EVEN IF THE PAST WAS BETTER THAN THE PRESENT IN SOME WAYS, IT IS FRUITLESS TO WONDER WHY. None of us — not even the philosophers — have enough information to answer the question, “Why is the world changing as it is?” The farmer must stick to seed-sowing and not worry too much why the weather’s not what it used to be.
When we get to wondering “Why were the former days better than these?” we need to understand that THE PAST WASN’T REALLY AS WONDERFUL AS WE REMEMBER IT. After all, our memories are quite selective, remembering a few pleasant things and forgetting others that weren’t so pleasant. So while the good old days may do our hearts good to ponder, they don’t serve very well as a goal for the future.
“Through the centuries the people have dreamed of a Golden Age and longed for its return, unconscious that they dream of a day that has never been” (Guy E. Shipler).
Gary Henry – WordPoints.com

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