The Way We Were

This song is running through my mind today which is wierd because I haven’t thought of it in years.  Nothing happened, that I can think of, to make me sentimental or nostalgic.  I simply started the day asking God what He would want to say through me and BAM this stupid old song starts playing in my brain.

Now I don’t want to offend any Streisand fans or insult anyone that loves this song but I’m sorry, it’s stupid.  I’m angered by the fact that we can feel so romantic and teary-eyed about a song written about a love that was once shared.  Two people who found each other in this crazy world, built a life together and then gave up.  Now they want to live on the memories of what they had together and find comfort in knowing the love they once shared.  WRONG!  WRONG!  WRONG!

I was talking with one of the youth and he was lamenting his twentieth birthday.  “After twenty, what else is there to look forward to.”  Kind of made me want to slap him.  His understanding of life was that after twenty there is nothing else.  After TWENTY you simply deteriorate and die?!  He saw his time here on earth as drawing to a close – AT TWENTY!  Boom! (That’s the sound of my mind being blown)

I’ve been walking with Jesus for thirty-four years.  I am now fifty-one.  I don’t want to look at my life with him and reminisce about the love I used to have for Him.  I don’t want to remember how great it was to live for Him.  And I certainly don’t want to see my life as finished.  I’m not finished dancing.  I haven’t sung my last song.  I can still riff around and love.

The way we were is nothing compared to the way we’re gonna’ be!!


One thought on “The Way We Were

  1. You are so right, Matthew! One thing as just an side note, maybe it’s personality types or…who knows! But, I remember when I was close to that age (19) thinking about Mom not marrying until she was 25 and thinking that if I was that old before I got married I just wanted someone to take a gun to me because how much of life would be left to live. How stupid, but I think that, at that age (hopefully, it doesn’t last forever) we live so much in the moment. The future is something that is far off. Now is the time for everything. That’s why it is so important for kids to know Jesus and be grounded in Him because it is so easy to forsake Him, if you listen to the lies of the enemy.
    Anyway, I’m sure I’m not saying it all right, but I just have to laugh when I hear kids sometimes–not at them, but just in remembrance of some the dumb things I thought when I was younger.
    Love you, Matthew! Thanks, again, for writing. I check Facebook every day to see if you have written.

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