We started a mother/daughter class at church, and one of the older women had a bit of very good advice. She reminded us to be happy in whatever season we are in. She said she enjoyed every season she was in, and she recommend that we apply that in our lives.
I was thinking about it. And at first, I thought that I applied it pretty well already. But, as I thought about it more, I realized that I am often wishing for things to be like they used to be.
I have had many fun seasons of my life. There was the time when I was working on a farm, feeding animals and various other chores. It may not sound that fun... but I really enjoyed it. When that time was over, I spent a lot of time hoping I would be able to go back to it.
We also had a time when we were doing a Bible study and then afterwards, going outside and playing games with lite sabers. Which we really enjoyed. And when that was done, I again wished we were still doing it.
Then there's people we were friends with who now live far away. And I keep wishing they were here.
There are many other examples of this... those are just a few.
Anyway, through this lady God has been showing me that I need to just be happy with where I am right now. Thankful for the past, yes. But focused on what is good about where I am now.
What a waste it would be of my life if I was continually wishing for times gone past!