Putting It All Away

I’m A Crier

I’m man enough to admit that I’m a crier. I mean, I’m no wimpy cry-baby. But when genuine emotions hit, those who know me know that I feel no shame in shedding tears.

Always A Little Sad

And today was one of those days. Ok, so I didn’t quite make it all the way to tears spilling out of my eye ducts, but I could tell they were there and ready to roll.

It was because we were putting away all the Christmas decorations. It happens every year. I’m not sure why it happens. Those decorations have been up for at least a couple months at this point. So I shouldn’t really be sad when we put them away.

But I love the Christmas season. I just hate to see it end. As much as I look forward to the new year, it pains me somewhat to bid farewell to this Christmas season I love so much for another ten months. (It’s almost the same feeling I get after the SuperBowl, when I realize there won’t be another game till the next preseason starts six months later.😜)

Something New

But you know, we can’t get any of the past back. We can only go forward into the future with hope… and joy… and peace.

So, while it’s sad to put away all those Christmas decorations, I must. And I can only relive the memories of this year’s Christmas through conversations, photos and videos.

The same is really true with all of life. The past may have been wonderful, but it is the past and it will stay there. Meanwhile, new opportunities and new experiences and new relationships await.

So, cry a tear if you must, but wave goodbye to the past and turn to face the future. God has good things in store for you there just like He did in the past.


Author: Allen Chapin

- Christian, husband, dad, friend, leader, author and speaker - Life Purpose = Love & Encourage, Offering Grace & Hope - Life Motto = Living for the applause of nail-scarred hands - Life Verse = Matthew 25:21

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