In retrospect… things aren’t as bad as we thought they were NOR are they as good as we remember them.
Recently a friend of mine digitized some film I had from when we played football in High School (Huffman High in 1977). It was the fourth quarter against our biggest rival Banks High School… which Huffman had never beaten. For my mom and a few friends from HHS the You Tube video is below.
As I remember it, we drove the ball down the field… smash left, smash right, pass left, up the middle, culminating in a wide path cleared by great blocking as Banks defenders fell away until yours truly danced into the end zone with fire works erupting with confetti raining down from above. Just one problem… it didn’t happen that way, as the video below shows (Fwd to the 3:00 mark to see what I mean):
Truth is, our offense was boring. Their tackling was sub-par. Getting into the end zone was dumb luck after their defender missed a tackle. That means my memory was defective in a major way.
I hear you asking… “Ok. So what’s the point?”
We all have a past. Things we remember with a degree of truth seasoned with embellishment OR absent a truth here and there. That doesn’t mean we are purposefully deceptive when we tell the story to our grand kids, its just with time our memory. But GOD records everything with 100% accuracy. That includes WHAT we did and WHY we did it. Not only that, rather than being in black & white, it’s in full color with sound and subtitles giving commentary about our heart. AND… this applies not just to the things everyone sees, but EVERYTHING ALL INCLUSIVE.
Here’s what God’s perfect record of our past proves… (Romans 3:10-18):
None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one. Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive. The venom of asps is under their lips. Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; in their paths are ruin and misery, and the way of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes.
So much for glory days for any of us about anything. But there is good news from Romans 8:1… “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus!”
Application: For every believer what we remember matters not… only that in Christ we will reign with Him for eternity with our past washed clean by the blood of Jesus. THOSE will be our glory days… with Jesus… for eternity!