Some days, I find myself forgetting what it actually means to live in the present. It can be easy to revert to reminiscing on great things from the past while hoping that the future will bring great things as well. But when I choose to skip the present, I’m robbing myself of the blessings and lessons of the present. Sometimes our present seems difficult to face because it requires extra strength and energy that we may not feel like we have. Yet, we have all the strength we need in God.
“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with My righteous right hand.”Isaiah 41:10 HCSB
Taking a look at different people in God’s Word reminds me of the gift living in the present brings. If we think back to Genesis 18, Abraham and Sarah were able to experience what trusting God meant when God said He would allow Sarah to give birth at an old age. Before they chose to live in the present and trust, they were so future focused and concerned about how the event would occur to the point they stood in disbelief of God’s ability to work things out for their good.
Then, if we look at the story of the Israelites in Exodus, we see how they constantly referred to their past being much better than their present days in the wilderness. They probably thought the land of milk and honey God promised would come easily because we can tell from their words that they didn’t expect to experience the many challenges they faced along the journey. Meanwhile, every challenge any of us face is meant to build us up for the journey ahead.
“Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.”James 1:2-4 HCSB
Embracing the present is necessary because it serves as much of a purpose as our past and future does. Appreciating the past allows us to be thankful for that time, and hoping for the future gives us something to look forward to. Yet, even in the present there are hidden blessings and joys that will come to help us remember to enjoy life in the midst of the present requiring more strength and energy.
I believe there can never be a set balance for living in the past, present or future, as we’re constantly changing, growing, and striving to release control and trust God. However, we can decide on what a healthy balance of living in the past, present and future looks like for us individually. It’s important to appreciate the past, enjoy the present and continue in hope for the future on Earth and eternally.
Embracing the present can look like:
- Enjoying a hobby.
- Leaning into uncomfortable truths.
- Taking life day by day.
- Learning something new.
- Leaving space for the unknown.
What are some other ways we can embrace the present?
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