It gets a little awkward when the person in front of you is still living in the glory days of high school, especially when a decade or two has passed.
Life is to be lived in the present – because living from the fading afterglow of the past just betrays a lack of engagement with today.
Jesus told the story of two groups of women. One group became apathetic, while the other recognised the need to perpetually feed their fire for the present:
“The five who were foolish didn’t take enough olive oil for their lamps, but the other five were wise enough to take along extra oil… Then the five foolish ones asked the others, ‘Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out” – Matthew 25:3-5 (NLT)
Yesterday’s oil will never be enough to keep your lamp burning today. Like these wise women, if we want our lamps to keep burning, we need fresh oil to produce a fresh fire for today.
It’s no good telling everyone how much oil you used you have, or how brightly your lamp used to burn if the lamp you have with you now is reduced to a mere flicker, or has been snuffed out all together.
What counts is the size of your flame today.
Fan your own flame. Get your own oil. Refuse to be that awkward person who lives in the fading afterglow of the past, but be counted among those who have enough oil to burn bright today!