A question accompanies the change of seasons. As visible change marks time, the question rises: “Who are you going to be this season?”
The meaning of the question revolves around your subjective emotional state. In a state of nostalgia, the question means, Are you going to be the person of your favorite traditions and relive those traditions this season? In a state of anticipation, the question means, How are you going to explore something new this season, perhaps something you’ve felt called to explore in the past but have not yet.
The beauty of life with God is that God is the constant, the stability, the source of identity (really).
I write this post because I have felt the imposed burden to not be nostalgic. I have also felt the imposed burden of not forgetting your story. Some call it lifeless to be nostalgic; others call it lifeless to live without continuous connection to the past, to your rooted story. At either extreme, the imposition barks, “You’re missing out.”
Life with God is a simple journey and recognition that at this very moment, the God who loves us in Jesus and is forming us to be like Jesus, has us right where he wants us – nostalgic, anticipating, or otherwise. Right here, right now – this is the moment we walk in Christ, knowing we are loved, being shaped to love God and others.
Resolution: Just be you. Right here, right now. Walk with God free from impositions and expectations. Walk and imitate Christ.