Back to the present

"I wish I had." "I wish I could."
These are not the messages
of Christianity—where the present
is full of possibilities.

In a recent whimsical and popular American film, Back to the Future, a teen-ager is sent back in time some thirty years; there he meets his parents when they too were teens. His experiences with them actually alter the future, changing the lives of his entire family for the better.

Most of us have wished at times that we could go back and redo our past experiences in this manner or go forward in order to know how to direct our present experience. Such daydreaming may be fun to think about, but it yields zero benefits to our spiritual growth.

Life expectancy: spiritual or material?
November 3, 1986

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