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The Slam Dunk contest

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

I was watching the slam dunk contest and listening to commentary and analysis. One cool dunk after another, jumping over obstacles, people, spinning, twirling were performed. The judges were getting warmed up as the scores started low then began to climb as athletes were eliminated and dunks became more creative. Finally a champion was crowned and one of the  expert analysts said something like, Nobody does it like they did in the 90s. That comment initiated a conversation that continued for what seemed like 10 minutes too long about the better dunks of the superstars of earlier decades.

wha???

Why do we like/love the past so much? Don’t get me wrong, I love the good ole days as much as the next person. Those were great years and full of high flying feats were amazing.

However, we tend to forget the negative of the past, while being negative about the present. Things weren’t always so rosy back then. Maybe our brains have blocked that part out.

We must be careful of that we aren’t so negative that it invalidates new ideas and future progress. One way we can fight to keep moving forward is to be thankful for the past. We have actually been shaped by what we’ve experienced and seen. God’s word says to be thankful and in 1 Chron. 16:41 David assigns someone the task of giving thanks at all times. Paul declares that it is God’s will to give thanks in 1 Thess. 5:18.

We also need to plan for the future and be creative and innovative as we go. Don’t be scared of new ideas. Appreciate the past and be excited for the future.