Grateful for the Present

In past years, I read Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. It was uncanny how the daily readings could so easily be applied to the circumstances of whatever day I was reading. I made note of this thought …

Yes!  I would love to see a map of the future … or at least I think I would.  I think about this some, since I’ve entered those “senior” years! Would I live differently today if I could see what tomorrow holds?

This is the life lesson I want to conquer and want to pass on to those in the prime of youth — live in the PRESENT!   Don’t wish your life away!  Instead, find joy in this day …

Present is living with your feet firmly grounded in reality, pale and uncertain as it may seem. Present is choosing to believe that your own life is worth investing deeply in, instead of waiting for some rare miracle or fairytale. Present means we understand that the here and now is sacred, sacramental, threaded through with divinity even in its plainness. Especially in its plainness.

Shauna Niequist, Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living

That doesn’t mean squander your savings; it doesn’t mean don’t plan for a tomorrow.  But what it does mean is stop, today, and enjoy the blessings that surround you.  

Exercise faith for the future.  

A favorite hymn says it wisely …

I don’t know about tomorrow;
I just live from day to day.
I don’t borrow from its sunshine
For its skies may turn to grey.
I don’t worry o’er the future,
For I know what Jesus said.
And today I’ll walk beside Him,
For He knows what is ahead.
Many things about tomorrow
I don’t seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand.

Ira Stanphill

Today … I’m enjoying the gifts of the present!  And I’m holding on to the one who leads me into my future!

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