Like many others this Thanksgiving week, I had the opportunity to visit my family back home. Though there was no huge family dinner, I was fortunate enough to see some aunts, uncles, and cousins. I'm also blessed to still have my maternal grandmother, who is still very active and sharp at only a few years shy of 90. It's always a joy to visit her and hear some stories from the past, or in this case, her opinions about the election and college football. This go round was yet another fun(ny) filled visit.
Because I am an engineer, broken household items often get reserved for me to fix when I visit. The irony of it all is that I'm almost never able to fix these things, but I digress. This year's fix, per my grandmother's request, was her TV/VCR combo. Yes...her VCR. If you were born post '95, perhaps, you probably have no clue what I'm referring to. This is your pre blu ray and pre DVD method of watching movies. Her request was for my husband and I to fix the VCR which was destroying her beloved movies. We admittedly could not repair the outdated equipment and suggested that she replace it with a new one. Despite us being adamant about this technology being outdated and unlikely to be repaired, she as determined to find someone who could repair it.
I'm not sure if we convinced her to move on-- likely not-- but it reminded me of how we tend to hold on to things that God has already covered in grace. Much like my grandmother's VCR player, these are the things that we need to let go. Second Corinthians 5:17 tells us that old things have passed away and all things have become new. That means when we accept Christ into our hearts, we become new beings whose transgressions are covered by His blood. So regret, shame, guilt, and condemnation, among other things, have passed away. So, the question becomes, "why are you still holding on to the past?" I think it may be time to accept God's full measure of grace and let go of the past.