Traditions, we all have them. On Christmas Eve we have oyster stew. Growing up my family always hung Christmas decoration the day after Thanksgiving. These are just a few. But lately I have been feeling like we as God’s children are missing out on what God wants to do because we hold so tightly to “traditions.”
Don’t get me wrong, these may be very well and good, but if we put traditions before what God wants to do then they are to our detriment. I see this in our churches and in our lives as a general rule any more.
The word of God tells us that we should not look so hard at the traditions or things in our past that we can’t see the present. “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.
We, women of God, many times want “the good ol’ days”. I have always believed I was born in the wrong time frame. I love the “Old West”, the fancy dresses, the horses and buggies and the slower pace of life. But God did not choose that for me, and He knows far better than I do what is best for me.
We can all learn from Queen Esther. “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” She could have lost her life by approaching the king without being summoned, but she knew God had placed her where she was for “just this time.”
So, we are not placed here for the past but for the present. Is the past keeping us from moving forward to the present? This is something that I am asking myself as I search my heart. I don’t want to live in the past and just remember the blessings of the past, I want to move into the future and experience what God has for me now and to come.
Ladies, don’t get hung up on your traditions. God should be the only tradition that matters to us. You are here now for “Just a time as this.”
Lord, help us to remember that you have placed here in this time for a reason. Guide our steps as we follow You and find our reason in each day. Make clear our paths with You and bless each step we take. Amen.