My wife and I had a great time in bed the other night. Now that I have your attention. We were looking at old pictures. This one is from early 1970. We were engaged at the time and married in May of that year. I highly recommend looking at old pics with a loved one. It was a wonderful exercise.
Thanksgiving Booster. Sometimes we need to remember all that we have to be thankful for. Looking at forty plus years of pictures really let’s you know how much you have to be thankful for. It really has been a wonderful life.
Priority shifter. Looking at the pictures we didn’t focus on cars we owned or houses we lived in or clothes we “loved.” We looked at people and not just any people, but “our” people, each other, children, grands and great grands. We were reminded of friends and loved ones lost. Looking at old pics really can shift your priorities that might have ever so briefly gotten out of line.
Faithfulness. In the years of pictures, I saw evidence of the faithfulness of God and of my spouse. We have been through a lot. We often felt God was missing. Looking back He wasn’t. He was there. Rose and I have been there for each other. Faithfulness gives you a warm fuzzy about the past. More importantly, it gives you hope and courage for the future.
Reality check. Comparing old pics and what is in mirror is a real reality check. It’s funny how we often picture ourselves as we were years ago. We ain’t the same. God ages us, hopefully mellows and matures us. He separates us from our material concepts of beauty and youth. We remember He loves us consistently and we love each other more than when we were “hot.” There is something really cool about that.