I often say that I am a nostalgist. There’s no such word, but there should be.* I like to think of the past and remember it, happy or sad. Sometimes people avoid thinking about the past because the memories are filled with pain. Other times people don’t let their minds go there because when placed beside the past, the present feels pretty lame.
For the redeemed, there are parts of the past that we’d rather forget. Having opened the eyes of our hearts to the hope to which we’ve been called, we see our past lives for what they were — and some of those memories are not ones we hold fondly. Yet, in Ephesians 2, the text recalls our past — a past that isn’t so pretty.
The answer is that thinking back to who you were and contrasting it with who God has made you, evokes appreciation in your heart and life.
This Communion Service podcast encourages us to look back at our past so we can appreciate what God’s done in our lives.
*I’ve recently been made aware there is such a word as nostalgist. Thanks Allen.