True worship requires an organ, choir robes, hymns, and a King James Bible (just like the Apostle Paul had).
See how we glorify nostalgia? Ironically, the facts remain somewhat incidental to our memory of those facts.
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The Good and Bad of Glorified Nostalgia
No matter how hard we try to remember something objectively, we really only recall our lives through the filter of our emotions. That can be both good and bad. Your loving childhood, for example, may minimize the fact you grew up poor. Or your experience with an absent parent can smear the fact you grew up in a nice house. It works both ways.
The same good and bad happens with nostalgia. A simple example:
Good: Nostalgia allows you to enjoy ice cream that tastes like chemicals.
Bad: Nostalgia causes you to recommend ice cream that tastes like chemicals.
Bottom line? Even our wonderful memories can blind us to the truth and make us poor decision makers.
The Cure for a Glorified Nostalgia
We can counter the danger of a glorified nostalgia by seeking and including the counsel of others when making decisions. Proverbs 11:14 says it this way:
Where there is no guidance the people fall, But in abundance of counselors there is victory.
Each person brings to the table his or her own flavored version of experience. But collectively, an “abundance of counselors” points to a wise course. If we only take our own counsel, we will make poor decisions. That’s why we need the humility to seek the counsel of those we live with, serve with, and lead with.