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NOSTALGIA...is not a digestive illness. But it can sometimes cause heartburn or other maladies. While at other times it seems to work wonders. I guess it depends on what you’re being nostalgic about! It’s a sentimental longing or a wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.
There’s always your childhood, high school, or college…or that boyfriend or girlfriend you liked so much but they left you for another person. Maybe it was happier times or more unpleasant ones. Either way, it is a game of the mind. And I bet most times it was neither as good or as bad as we remember. Our mind plays tricks on us, especially when it is focused on numerous ages ago. Oh those good old days! Were they really?
As I was having lunch celebrating a friend’s birthday, I was visiting with our host, Rick. He bought my lunch for approximately $12. One meal! As I reflected on that, a seizure of nostalgia overtook me. I shared with him my early days as a recently married businessman. This was 1959. Joanne was making $200 per month and I was starting the new job at $205 per month. There is a story there. We actually were renting a duplex for $87.50 per month and we put one of our checks in the savings account each month.
It gets even cheaper. Every Monday I would cash a $5 check and eat lunch each day with sometimes having some money left over at the end of the week. It usually included one meat, two vegetables, bread and all the iced tea I could drink. That would usually run $.60 plus a dime tip. Dessert was $.10-$.15 per slice of homemade pie. Gasoline was less than $.20 per gallon and a pack of cigarettes was the same price. I did get a raise after ninety days to $400 per month. Big-time stuff!
Rick commented that things were simpler then. That is true. We never locked our house or car; we would go on vacation and leave the house open so that neighbors could check on it and allow them to borrow butter, sugar, eggs, flour, whatever; if they needed it. We didn’t have serious crimes except for maybe a murder every few years by a disgruntled or jealous spouse. I forgot to mention that the DJIA was 679 on 12/31/59. Today, it is trying to break an all time record of 23,000.
Were things simpler or better then? Maybe – maybe not! Nostalgia does strange things to your memory. As I was thinking about our lunch conversation, I began to reflect on how things were originally in the garden of Eden. Do you think God ever gets nostalgic over what he created and now how things are? Probably not, but you and I have an innate desire to go back to the time in the garden when mankind walked with God. There is this longing of the heart and mind and soul to be in communion with God. He solved our illness called sin that distorted the past but he has also given us hope for the future.
He is taking us to ‘the garden’! Who needs to look back when there is so much to look forward to? Salvation through redemption guarantees that. See, “in Christ we have every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places”. Now read and meditate on the entire promise. It’ll blow you away.
“…he chose us  

in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ has a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory”

 (Eph. 1:4-14 ESV).

Why would you ever get nostalgic when this truth is yours (in Christ) for eternity? I might add, one lady (Lot’s wife) got nostalgic and just had to look back–and see what it cost her. Everything! Don’t look back; your old life was probably not that good, especially in light of the above.
Copyright 2017
Bill C. Dotson

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