They were confused and upset. An usher came down the stairs to the row of people sitting in front of me. He asked to see their tickets. He looked at the tickets, and told them the tickets were for the last performance.
They asked, “Can we stay? There's no one here.” He nodded toward the top of the stairs where others waited. They had to leave to make room for those who came for the present performance.
I began to apply this story to my thought life as I faced a new year. The fame and shame of the last year came back to occupy my mind. I remembered the good old days and glorify them. But I also glorify the ”bad old days” by dwelling on them. Both occupied space.
I decided I was the usher for my mind. It was time to firmly unseat past thoughts and make room for the New Year. These thoughts were sitting in the space reserved for today’s performance. They had to go. Tickets please.
Question: Is this year going to be about my now, or wasted on my yesterday?
Scripture: “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV)