Over the weekend, I got pulled into watching the movie “Big” with Tom Hanks. I say “pulled” because it’s one of those movies that just draws you into watching it, even if you have seen it 100 times. Make that 101.
You probably remember this one. Tom Hanks is a little boy who makes a wish to be big, wakes up big, gets a job, falls in love, and makes a wish to return to the way he was. He offers to have his new found love make the same wish and go back to her childhood with him. Susan says; “no thanks, I don’t want to go through all of that again”.
I sat there wondering, knowing what I know now, would I go back and do it again? Would I change anything? How would things have turned out differently? If I could find the magic “Zoltar” machine, would I drop the quarter and return to a date in the past? Are there things I would change? Would you?
With all of this in mind, I read this from “Chasing Daylight” by Erwin McManus –
“One moment in the past continues to haunt every moment of your life. A moment in history that steals from you all the moments in the future. Is there a moment you keep reliving again and again? To relive the past is to relinquish the future. If you are willing to let go of the past, then you are ready to step into the future. When you choose to remain stuck in a moment, you become incapable of seizing divine moments”
That’s pretty sound advice. When I think of “going back” I can probably circle a few dates on the calendar that I would go to. There are definitely moments I would change. But the reality is that these dates are history. They are gone. To live in them is to “relinquish the future”. Just as Susan did in “Big”,
I think I’ll stay BIG too….