A few years back, Jill and I watched the Space Shuttle lift off with Elliot. That launch of Atlantis marked the end of the Shuttle fleet as it retired into spaceflight history. It’s strange to think that as Elliot grows up, the Shuttle will be one of those relics we tell him about from the good old days… joining rotary phones, transparency machines, Twins championships, and Facebook.
Knowing the shuttle was retiring was bittersweet. I have many memories growing up fascinated by it… watching Spacecamp, drawing pictures, collecting memorabilia, and letting my imagination run wild into outerspace. It’s sad to say goodbye to a good thing, but sometimes saying goodbye to good makes way for something better.
Paul told the Philippians that he focused on one thing… forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead. It’s easy to apply that Bible verse to the bad things that have happened in life. Who wouldn’t want to forget those things? Taken in context, Paul is actually referring to good things… his achievements and accomplishments. In effect, he’s not settling on living in past victories, but striving for what the future holds.
Don’t get comfortable with good because things can always get better… whether in marriage, in your job, in church, or anything in life. Embrace change. Keep growing and learning. Say a fond farewell to the Space Shuttles in your life. Say goodbye to good, because something better is on its way.