My two kids are now grown, one in college, one finished college and now in the workplace. I had them both home last weekend. Sunday night, I prepared myself for their departure. I took on a disinterested attitude thinking it wouldn’t hurt as much when they drove away. I was wrong. I cried after they were out of sight.
The empty nest adjustment has been a mixed bag. I find myself “vegging” more, daydreaming about the “good ‘ol days.” The other day, I daydreamed about my 2 yr old son, and 6 yr old daughter and I – sitting together on the couch watching “Lion King.” We were laughing at the “Hakuna Matata” dialogue. Pumbaa defines “hakuna matata” as “put your behind in the past!” His loyal friend, Timon, corrects him, saying that it means to “put your past behind you!” Quite a difference between the two!
Actually, “hakuna matata” is a Swahili phrase that means: “There are no worries.”
13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14)
Paul had quite a past. He was a persecutor – well, let’s call a spade a spade – he was a killer of Christians. He hunted them down and had them killed. Now, he champions Jesus Christ. If anyone had a past that could make things difficult, it was Paul. And, he relays from time to time that his past did hinder his new work for Christ. He had to forget the past and PRESS on to the great things God has planned for him.
If I sit home, wishing for the good ‘ol days of my son and daughter’s childhood, I will miss what amazing things we will experience together while they are adults. If I wallow in the past, I will miss the present and the future.
Are you putting your “behind in the past” or putting your “past behind you?”
Don’t miss what God wants to do with you today and tomorrow, by hanging on your yesterday.