More Like Christ Ecclesiastes 7:10 “Do not say, ‘Why were the former days better than these?’ For you do not inquire wisely concerning this.” When I first read Ecclesiastes, it easily became one of my favorite books. The author imparts so much wisdom, such as how the things of this world don’t matter, why sadness can be beneficial, and why we shouldn’t wish to live in the past. Sometimes I wish for more enjoyable times, simpler times, or times when I had fewer obligations. Just last week I heard a 9-year-old say that he wishes that he could be little again before he had “all these responsibilities.” But wanting to live in the past can relate to that question people always ask: “What about your past would you change?” Most people end up saying that they wouldn’t change anything because everything they went through has made them who they are today. This is what I believe the author of Ecclesiastes is saying. We experienced situations in the past that made us who we are today, and we are going through circumstances now that will mold us into who we are supposed to become. As Christians, we should ultimately become more and more like Christ. Additionally, Ecclesiastes 7:8 states, “The end of a thing is better than its beginning.” If we are constantly learning and growing and becoming more like Christ, the end product is far better than what we were at the start. God places us WHERE we need to be, WHEN we need to be there. So why would we want to live in the past if we have already learned and grown from those experiences? Instead, we should “count it all joy” to live our lives today and look forward to the growth that future difficulties will bring. James 1:2-4 “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” Want to find out more about what it means to have a personal relationship with God? You can read more about God’s Plan of Redemption or contact the ministry team with any questions.