I don’t know about y’all and your life at this present moment, but I know about mine and here is what I know. There’s so much I want to do, need to learn, aim to accomplish and hope to achieve that I have been struggling lately with being fully present in the here and now.
Hey, I believe in dreams and plans and goals. I think we should actively be honing skills, preparing for the next thing and growing spiritually. Right at this moment I’ve got a list of impressive size of just those sort of things. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
The tricky part is to make sure you don’t forget to be fully present today, at this very moment. The challenge is to avoid focusing so intently on the days to come that we lose the opportunity to give today our full attention.
Today I am going to give my best to the moment at hand, be present and give my full attention to this time I have been given. Whether it is a chore or a child, a meal or a school lesson, a conversation or a game, I want the task, the person, to be more important than what tomorrow may or may not ever bring.
When I’m struggling or even stumbling, I can always count on the Word of God to adjust my focus so I can see more clearly.
“Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” Otherwise you are boasting about your own pretentious plans, and all such boasting is evil. Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.”
James 4:13-17 NLT
That last little portion squeezes my heart. To know what you ought to do and then not do it is a sin. That’s a serious statement. There’s not much wiggle room there for us to squeeze in excuses and justifications. Here’s what I’m hearing. Don’t neglect today on your way to tomorrow.
Father, give me strength I pray to stay focused on today while I dream of tomorrow. Give me the ability to balance achieving goals of the future while embracing the gift of the present. Help me to never overlook an opportunity of the moment as I stride towards the future. Amen.