The latest incarnation of Facebook, the Timeline, allows its users to scroll back in time, seeing photos, wall posts, and status updates from years ago. It’s easy to glorify the past, and sometimes a little fond reminiscing isn’t so bad. But we have to remember the old adage “everything in moderation,” because social media has made it easier than ever to obsess over the past. The Bible teaches us in the book of Ecclesiastes that focusing on the past too much can be harmful to a person’s spirit.

Ecclesiastes 7:8-10

New King James Version (NKJV)

8 The end of a thing is better than its beginning;
The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
9 Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry,
For anger rests in the bosom of fools.
10 Do not say,
“Why were the former days better than these?”
For you do not inquire wisely concerning this.

Source: Biblegateway 

When we worry too much about old relationships or think too much about how much fun we used to have way back when, we can lose sight of now, which is the only time that is  truly guaranteed. We can’t appreciate all the wonderful parts of life when we are mourning over the past. Make an effort to focus on the present today, not the future, not the past—focus on what good things God has given you in this moment, and give Him thanks.

This post was written by Emily Haymans.