“And indeed if they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one” (Hebrews 11:15-16).

Is your thinking of a past that was, or an anticipation of God’s future? Thinking locked in the past assumes that there is no newness to be experienced or gifts yet to be given by God. This perspective leads to either excessive pride or cynical despair; that the world is ours alone for the construction of our future, or there is no heavenly power to effect real change. We are either leaning by faith into and unknown future or dying in the wilderness thinking about the past.

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