I love a good country song. Give me a little Garth, Keith, Faith, Taylor, Shania, or Carrie and I’m a happy girl. If you’ve yet to go to a country concert, you have not lived!
So the other night, I was driving home listening to the country radio station and this peppy, nostalgic song came on that was singing about the good old days—back when we were young, life was easy, we had no cares, drove around in trucks, and soaked in the sunshine—or something like that. Have you ever noticed how many country songs reference the good old days?
Maybe it’s just me, but it’s easy to get whisked away by the “good life” when we sat around in rocking chairs, drank sweet tea from mason jars, and talked about love. (Not that that was ever my life.) While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that; it sounds delightful, the point I’m stretching to make is that sometimes it’s easy to dream about the past or a “better life” but we can’t lose perspective. We can’t forget about what is and what’s to come.
What is—Jesus came to give us an abundantly rich life here and now. In Christ there is a fullness available to us that we can’t even begin to comprehend. Yes, summer nights, dirt roads, and first loves are all things to enjoy, but nothing comes close to the surpassing joy we have from living in Christ.