In 1985 the movie Back to the Future starring, Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, made its debut in theaters about a crazy scientist who believed he had successfully created a way to to make time travel possible. The movie proceeded to become the highest grossing film of the year. I can understand why. I mean how many of us would not give an appendage to travel back in time and make different decisions and choices we have made in our lives? I know I would! I can’t tell you a number of things I would change, people I would like to see or see again, things I would like to do and events in history I would like to experience if time travel were possible.
Part of being human is that we can’t go back, we can only hope that if we come across that moment again we’ll do it the right way.Jesse Lacey
Isn’t it curious how as adults when you think about time travel it usually involves going Back in time, but when you were younger, you always wanted to go Forward in time? I believe that has to do with life experiences. When I was young, I wanted to be older. To drive a car, buy beer, go to college, get a job, buy a car and the list goes on and on. But now that I am older, I want to be younger. I want to go back and change many of the decisions I made as I did get older and those desired milestones finally became a reality in my life. I wanted to go Back in Time, so I could have a different Future. In essence, Back to the Future.
We travel, initially, to lose ourselves, and we travel, next, to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again—to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.Ray Bradbury
I am sure there are many reasons someone would desire to go back into the past to alter the circumstances of the future. I began playing golf when I was 5 years old. I loved the game and as I grew older spent every waking hour at the golf course. I began to play in junior tournaments with success at the local and state levels. I began starting on the high school varsity golf team when I was in the 8th grade. It was AMAZING to have the high school van drive up to West Junior High School to pick me up for a match! And wearing my block G jacket was cool as well. But as I mentioned earlier in a post, our club pro Henry Transou gave me some wise advise that I not only ignored, but fell victim to; drivers license, alcohol and girls. Not one I remind you, but all three. Would I like to go back to 10th grade Eddis and make different decisions? Yes. Did I mention there was a girl who was crazy about me that I did not pursue because of that same lifestyle? Would I like to go back for a second chance? ABSOLUTELY! And the list goes on and on, year after year. But as they say, in the south anyway, It Ain’t Over Til The Fat Lady Sings! Or as I have come to know, until Jesus says so.
The couple of things I mentioned have to do with MY life. Things that may change the physical aspects of my life. But what about you? Any regrets? Anything you would like to go back and make right? Would the things you would like to go back and rectify, be for the possibility of improving your current situation or lifestyle? We tend to lean into the things that would affect our physical condition, but what about the spiritual? Does that ever cross your mind? Do you ever consider the spiritual is more important than the physical? Do you ever take inventory of your life, decisions, successes and failures? Does your analysis measure up to what you currently perceive to be a happy or rewarding life? I have examined my life through the choices and decisions I have made, as well as the experiences I have had and achieved and have come to the conclusion, life has been so much better since I began to Follow Jesus. Disclaimer: Life is not better by the worlds standards; Happiness, Success, Upward Mobility, Wealth, Power, Popularity and Prestige. But is better by Gods standards, Peace Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control.
If I could only make ONE trip back into the past, with 100% certainty, that trip would consist of traveling back to one of the many days I had the chance to Follow Jesus when I was young, and the younger the better.Eddis Poole
Two things are for certain. One, we cannot go back in time. We cannot take back the words we have said, the people we have hurt or the decisions we have made. Two, you can alter your future. You can choose to build people up instead of tearing them down, use your words to encourage others and make decisions that will bring better consequences to your life. I know there are countless ways, programs and methods on the market to transform you into a better version of you. I am also confident some of the suggestions and actions in these applications will allow you to make some form of improvement in your life. But I am certain these physical, emotional and spiritual increments will exist short term at best. We are incapable of helping ourselves. It is not possible for us to pull ourselves up by our proverbial boot straps to a place that brings the peace, joy and hope that we are all looking for. The lasting changes you are looking for can only be found in God and the person of Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit. I am living proof of His transformational power. I have experienced the emptiness of all the world has to offer through drugs, sex and rock and roll, and then some. I have pursued money, hobbies and possessions. They will all provide entertainment and enjoyment for a while, but will leave you empty in a trail of destruction and brokenness. For most people reading this, if you dare to be honest with yourself, I am not telling you anything you do not already know. And for those of you who have had enough of the hurt, disappointment and discouragement and are to the point of trying a different way of living life, I would like to present to you the answer you are seeking and a light in your darkness.
First of all, we all have regrets and have done things we wished we could undo. None of us anymore than one of Jesus’ disciples in the Bible, Peter. As Jesus and his disciples celebrated Passover at the Last Supper, Jesus declared to Peter he would deny him 3 times before the sun rose in the morning. Peter fervently denied the action then proceeded to do exactly that, and at very moment, as Peter’s eyes met the eyes of Jesus, regret flooded his very heart and soul. Peter ran away in guilt and shame and wept bitterly. Luke 22:31-62 And the only way to deal with the regret or heal our hopelessness is through confession and forgiveness. We have all sinned and fell short of the mark God has set. Romans 3:23 It is this sin and falling short that separates us from the presence of God by death, and not just in this life, but in the life to come. Romans 6:23 But God demonstrated His love for us in that while we were still in this brokeness, full of regret and hopelessness, He provided His son Jesus to bridge and heal our terminal condition. This healing also is not just in the life to come, but in our life here on earth! Romans 5:8 This new life can begin simply by professing with your mouth and believing in your heart that Jesus died for your sins and was raised to life, You WILL BE Saved! Romans 10:9
‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!2 Corinthians 5:17
This will begin your journey out of regret and hopelessness and Back into the Future God has always planned for you. Walking with Jesus is not a sprint, but a marathon. New life is instantaneously but growth is a process. It is not to be lived alone but in community with others. I would like to leave you with a few verses to encourage you if you choose to choose this new life Jesus offers to you.
- God can and will use your past and your faults for good. ‘And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. ‘ Romans 8:28
2. You are not who your past says you are. ‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! ‘ 2 Corinthians 5:17
3. You can put your past behind you and move forward. ‘Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 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, ‘ Philippians 3:12-13
4. God will be with you every step of the way. ‘The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” ‘ Deuteronomy 31:8
Let me know how I can help you as you begin your journey Back to Your New Future