But here’s the thing, even though my best years are behind me, I still have my best years in front of me. That’s right, the best is yet to come. You see, when we look back on our life, we see what was because it already happened. We have the pictures and memories to prove it. The good days, bad days, happy and sad days are all exposed because we have already been there and done that. Since you can’t relive them, they were your best days, even if you wish they were different. So your best days are behind you and your best days are still to come. David writes: “Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever” (Psalm 23:6). God was with you in the past, is with you in the present, and will be with you in the future. Your best days are yet to come, they just haven’t happened yet. It takes faith to believe this and to tackle each day with a new sense of hope.
So even though the memories of our family at the ranch brought tears to my eyes, I know that there are more memories to be made tomorrow. And yes, I will cry over them too. I guess that is part of being human. Ten years from now I hope that I cry new tears of joy celebrating what will then be the past. And ten years from then I hope my heart still echoes David’s words when he wrote: “I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me” (Psalm 13:6). Ultimately, I want to encourage you to live each day to the fullest by giving your best so you can honestly say your best days are behind you and your best days are yet to come.