Many of us don’t like change. I’m one of them. Change, in my mind mind, equates to chaos and general upset, neither of which I like. But whether or not we like change, we have changed. We have gotten older, our weight and hair quantity may have changed along the way, our opinions about all sorts of things . . . all of these have or will change. This isn’t a bad thing, it is just a part of being alive. Part of our resistance to change is a refusal to admit it has happened. It seems easy for most of us to think that what currently is, is what has always been.
In Ephesians 2:11, Paul begins this section with “So then, remember . . .” (NRSV). It is important for us to take the time, at least now and then, to remember. To remember what we used to be like, what we used to struggle with, what we used to do, and on and on. This is not a call to live in the past but rather a reminder to look back to your past to provide some context for your present and a hint of your trajectory. We look back to make sense of now.