“Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” 20 In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. 21 Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.
22 Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”
2 Timothy 2:19-22 NIV
Flee the evil desires of youth… Looking through old photos can trigger feelings of melancholy especially when we know we can never go back. It’s good to look back when the purpose is to remember how God delivered us from a life of hopelessness and to remember that even in our days of wandering, He remains faithful.
“I have blotted out your transgressions like a cloud, and your sins like a mist. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.”
Isaiah 44:22 BSB
“He will sustain you to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
1 Corinthians 1:8 BSB