They were siblings and friends, and they were looking at some big changes. The sister had just graduated from college, and her brother had just been offered a new job.
Boxes were everywhere in their mother’s living room, in their bedrooms, in the basement, and in the garage. Boxes were even stacked on the floor of the bathroom. One balanced on the edge of the vanity.
“Come on Cassie! Let’s get through this stuff! This is a new season of our lives. Out with the old and on to the new!”
Cassie’s brother seemed to have little trouble purging items that would not be needed in his new apartment in the city. Cassie, on the other hand, carefully considered each item she picked up, remembering the birthdays and other special occasions connected to the memorabilia.
Their mother entered the room.
“It’s just like I told you when you were little. You are both right and both wrong.”
“God has blessed us with special memories and items to remind us of those we love. He also gives us new opportunities to grow and serve Him. He doesn’t want us to turn our back on the past, but He does was us to look forward to the future He has in store for us.”
I think about these siblings often when I am faced with new situations and opportunities. How about you? What new opportunities is God calling you to embrace in your life? How will remembering the people and experiences you have had better equip you to do that?