I’m originally from New York, but I live in the south. Northerners who’ve been in the south for a few years typically start to get confused about what they miss. You will hear them, sometimes obnoxiously, talk about how they miss having 4 seasons and “real” winters. I visited New York a few weeks ago and I would like to declare that all of those feelings are misguided. Actually, they’re all lies. I lied to myself and I lied to all my southern friends about the glory of winter and snow. I can tell you that I’ve officially had all the winter I will ever need for the rest of my life. It snowed on my trip and everything was extremely cold. It felt like someone had released Elsa and told her to freeze absolutely everything, including my bones. No person who is, literally, standing in the snow of New York says, “I miss this.” No one. The snow wasn’t as glorious; it only managed to slip through my not so waterproof boots. The cold froze my soul and I was miserable.
We forget. We forget how empty the sin in our lives left us. How much it didn’t quite satisfy. More than forgetting, we misremember. We romanticize. We look back instead of forward. We dwell in the memory.
But it’s kind of like our past isn’t it? Sometimes we start to think of the things we miss doing, or the people we miss doing things with. But, lets be honest, many times the past we long for no longer aligns with who we are at present. Often times our past is laden with sin. That is why we left it there. Yet, we flirt. Flirt with our past and romanticize our previous experiences. But, usually when we return to what we thought we missed, we realize it doesn’t satisfy. It/ her/him/them, are not as glorious as we remembered. Some of us are so far removed from our past, and the sin that the Lord delivered us from that we don’t truly remember what certain things were like. We are viewing our past with rose colored glasses. But you know, I’m starting to conclude that the issue isn’t always sin itself. It’s our memory of our them. We forget. We forget how empty the sin in our lives left us. How much it didn’t quite satisfy. More than forgetting, we misremember. We romanticize. We look back, instead of moving forward. We dwell in the memory. When you’re feeling stuck in, or tempted by your past, when you’re being lured by sin, here are some scriptures to help get you back to where you really want to be.
When Jesus died, he took sin down with him, but alive he brings God down to us. From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead to sin and alive to God. That’s what Jesus did. That means you must not give sin a vote in the way you conduct your lives. Don’t give it the time of day. Don’t even run little errands that are connected with that old way of life. Throw yourselves wholeheartedly and full-time—remember, you’ve been raised from the dead!—into God’s way of doing things. Sin can’t tell you how to live. After all, you’re not living under that old tyranny any longer. You’re living in the freedom of God.
Romans 6:12-14 MSG
I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. Phil 3:12-14 MSG