If you are a Facebook user, you would be familiar with memories coming up on your newsfeed of statuses you have posted in previous years on the same calendar date. These ‘On This Day’ notifications can bring a mixture of emotions when we are confronted with our memories from previous years. Memories of things that have caused us joy, whilst other times we have memories of sadness.
As I have been a Facebook user for more than 8 years my posts cover quite a reasonable amount of time. At times Facebook reminds me of significant events, such as the death of my dad as well as the birth of my children. Other times I look back at my previous posts and wonder why on earth I would have written such as thing for all of the internet to see. Now that I am confronted with posts from previous years it causes me to be more thoughtful before typing out a status. I begin to think about whether I would want to see this post come up on my screen eight years from now? It causes me to have an eye to the future in that moment.
Living with an eye to the future is actually what we as Christians are called to do. This idea really struck me as I explored Romans 6 as part of our Gripped by Grace series. Are we living in such a way that it will bring delight in the future? As we live in the here and now do we also have an eye to the future, for what really matters? If we begin to think about the future and what really matters it may cause us to live differently in the here and now. Instead of pouring time and energy into things that will pass, it might assist us to make choices that are an investment in God’s Kingdom.