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Saw a bumper sticker yesterday:

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. All I have is today.

Compare this:

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God… For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. (Colossians 3:1-4)

Our lives are to be lived as part of a narrative – we died, we have been raised, we are seated, we will see Christ and be glorified with him. The commands of Colossians 3, in fact the whole Christian life, flows from this narrative. History is not a dusty, irrelevant old thing – we have been drawn into the historical narrative of Jesus Christ and his history has become our narrative. History defines our identity, our location, our present heart-focus, and our destiny. And that destiny is not a vague, unknowable future, it is guaranteed and revealed – and it’s all about Jesus again. Maybe a better bumper sticker would be:

History is crucial. The future is certain. All I have is Christ.

And here’s something from the wonderful David Mitchell:

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