“For It Is Not Wise To Ask…”

eye on the goal

by Dona Hake


No matter how old you are you will always have those “Remember when?…” moments. The other day my husband and I were talking about how prices are so different from when we were little. I was sharing special memories of a little corner store down the street from me. It was owned by this sweet old Jewish man, and I just loved him and he would always make me giggle! I would buy three TastyKake Cupcakes that were wrapped in a wax wrap and they were less than fifteen cents. May I add that TastyKakes today are no where near as delicious as they used to be? Two mint juleps for one penny and all kinds of other yummy candy for a penny a piece. Up the street from me, I can still recall the the gas station that we would walk to on hot summer days to buy a popsicle and the price per gallon at this gas station was 25 cents a gallon. Amazing how things have changed.


We could play out in the dark at night and we enjoyed ourselves with simple, fun and creative things. I could go on and on and I am sure you could share some memories as well. Today I want to share a scripture that I never knew was in the book of Ecclesiastes. I found it quite interesting and it caused my heart to ponder.


Ecclesiastes 7:10  (NIV)

Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?”

For it is not wise to ask such questions.


We can all reach into our past of sweet memories and enjoy them but we need to be careful to remember that things are continually changing around us. No matter how hard we try it would be impossible for us to freeze our past. If people do this, they will become very unhappy and possibly bitter people. They will find themselves lacking strength and vision because they dwell too much on how things used to be. As the popular saying goes, “It is what it is!” God desires that we look forward, have goals and give it our all to achieve them. With His courage, grace and strength we can run the race set before us and know in our hearts that we can enjoy the day in which we live and in the end, we win!!!!


“…but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—

to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. ”

Philippians 3:13 The Message