Blast from the past: Nostalgia and faith

July 10th, 2019

While scanning the list of this summer’s blockbuster movies, you might think you are living in the 1990s. Two classic Disney animated features, Aladdin and The Lion King, are back in theaters as live-action remakes. It appears that Disney is trying to tap into one generation’s nostalgia in hopes that the next generation will fall in love with the film just as their parents did over 20 years ago. With a blend of both new and familiar songs, current movie stars and the latest technology, these films are sure to top the ticket sales charts this summer.

The dangers of nostalgia

While nostalgic movies cause little harm, spending too much time dwelling in the past in other areas of life can be unhealthy. Constantly thinking about past experiences and feeling burdened by the fact that “things will never be like they used to be” can be paralyzing and prevent us from moving forward into the future. When we long for simpler times, yearn for the rekindling of a previous relationship or desire to be young again with a healthier body and fewer responsibilities, we can easily fall into a period of regret and feel like our best days are behind us.

A healthy view of the past

God did not give us the past to experience disappointment or remorse. Just like the remake of a favorite film, God wants us to use the past in positive ways, to strengthen our faith and provide hope for the future. When we look back and recall the good times, our history becomes a collection of memories that prompt us to express thanks for God’s goodness and blessings, filling us with gratitude for all God has done. As Christians, we believe that the best is yet to come, so we view God’s faithfulness in the past and present as a reminder to seek after God’s will and ways in the future.

Question of the day: What is your favorite summertime childhood memory?
Focal scriptures: Psalm 77; Romans 15:1-13; Deuteronomy 6:1-19

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