As TODAY’s ChangeMakers (TCMs), we can look forward to a lot of joy in this new year. As we follow our guiding purposes, we empower ourselves to create positive change. For TCMs everywhere, I hope you will stay true to your guiding purposes as TODAY’s ChangeMaker which are to
- Glean wisdom from the past rather than stay stuck in it.
- Be happy and live a purpose-filled life as TODAY’s ChangeMaker.
- Prepare courageously and confidently for the future—come what may.
This wonderful reminder from Jeffrey R. Holland is perfect for TODAY’s ChangeMakers. It is a perfect fit for the first guiding purpose of gleaning wisdom from the past rather than staying stuck in it.
He says, “As a new year begins and we try to benefit from a proper view of what has gone before, I plead with you not to dwell on days now gone nor to yearn vainly for yesterdays, however good those yesterdays may have been. The past is to be learned from but not lived in. We look back to claim the embers from glowing experiences but not the ashes. And when we have learned what we need to learn and have brought with us the best that we have experienced, then we look ahead and remember that faith is always pointed toward the future. Faith always has to do with blessings and truths and events that will yet be efficacious in our lives.
So a more theological way to talk about Lot’s wife is to say that she did not have faith. She doubted the Lord’s ability to give her something better than she already had. Apparently, she thought that nothing that lay ahead could possibly be as good as what she was leaving behind.
To yearn to go back to a world that cannot be lived in now, to be perennially dissatisfied with present circumstances and have only dismal views of the future, and to miss the here and now and tomorrow because we are so trapped in the there and then and yesterday are some of the sins of Lot’s wife.”
Let us embrace our present moments as we elevate our daily life circumstances throughout the year.
To your happiness in this new Year,
Carolyn Calton is the founder of Family Tree Quest.com