The Gift of Now

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. – Proverbs 27:1 (NLT)

I can’t allow myself to miss out. For the past few years I have struggled greatly with living in the present. Not so much because I’m stuck in the past but because I long, plan, daydream and become anxious for the future. I know that I cannot live a truly fulfilling life this way but it seems so difficult to not get caught up in my goals and aspirations. But that’s the thing, I’m getting caught up in my goals, my dreams, my plans and my will. What about God’s plan?

It’s bad enough to get lost in a fairy tale of plans that may not even be in God’s will but I’m also losing out on life today. I miss out on quality time with my husband and loved ones and living and enjoying my life. Time spent moping around could be spent enjoying my NOW. I’m the one that’s really missing out here, sad to say. Maybe you’ve struggled with this too?

Well join me in not losing anymore time lost in thoughts of the future. Now don’t get me wrong, planning for the future and having goals is great. The problem appears when we get so wrapped up in these plans that we forget about God, get disappointed when OUR plans fail and forget to live and enjoy our lives. I’ve done this for so many years it almost seems impossible to not fall into this bad habit. But I can only imagine what it does to my husband when it appears that I’m not satisfied with my life. Where one moment of joy and hope is lost as soon as disappointment or delay comes. And it’s also not fair or fun for me either. I have to realize that I’m running my own race and I can’t compare my speed to someone else’s, it’s pointless. As I found out recently while reading Psalms 119, the only comparison I need to make about my life is to God’s word. (Psalm 119:6) And I’ve been missing out on a lot of that lately because the disappointment and discouragement caused me to drift from God. BUT NOT ANYMORE!!

Today is the day that I will enjoy my now. I will no longer be moved by the past or live in anxiousness for the future. I’m sure it won’t be easy but with God all things are possible and I want to reach a place of gratitude and joyfulness in my life and my relationship with Him. My plans and goals have interfered with that to the point of no return. The enemy wants me to be distracted because he knows that I’m nothing when I’m outside of God’s will. The enemy would like for me to remain outside of God’s will but too bad for him I’ve realized the gift in my now. I hope you have too.

Too much time has already been lost living in the past or the future. Decide today to thank God for the gift of now. Each day God blesses us with new mercies and another opportunity to right our wrongs and to get a step closer to our destiny. Don’t miss out on the blessings of today because you’re too busy time traveling. We can plan all we want but when will we realize God’s plan will always prevail? (Proverbs 19:21) We have to decide to put our trust in Him and know that all things work together for our good. We can safely entrust our lives, goals, plans and hopes in God’s hands so we can go out and LIVE. If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll join me today in living in the present. I’d rather be out living, enjoying my now… Wouldn’t you?

Peace and love.

The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. – Lamentations 3:22-23 (NLT)

This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. – Psalm 118:24 (NLT)

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