As a society, we are inundated with the mantra “life is short.” As a result, we are constantly on the go, rushing through the day, working ahead of time, impatient to delays, and the list goes on.
We live life anticipating what is to come two months later or six months from now. Well, how about today? How about now? Are you completely aware of your now? Are you fully immersed in the happenings of your today? Why not put your anticipation on hold and actually enjoy today: smell the flowers, notice the sunset, take your time with your meal, and take in all the goodness of now? Absorb all that today has to offer before looking forward to tomorrow or next tomorrow.
If we go as far as tailoring our actions for today in hopes of an unknown tomorrow, it’s a sign that we are not living in the now. Now, there is nothing wrong to plan ahead and think of the future. At the same time, your future should not dictate your present, rather your present should dictate your future.
Take for example: you had long ago plan to take a well deserved trip while job searching. Instead, you postpone the trip because you had just interviewed and anticipated getting the job and wouldn’t want your trip to interfere. Tomorrow comes, and you didn’t get job and now the trip you had meticulously planned is scattered. Why? Because you let future plans, that may or may not happen, take hold of your today.
Tomorrow is so uncertain that the only thing certain about tomorrow is that it’s uncertain.
Back to the mantra—-life is short, indeed, life is [possibly] short which is why it is ever so important that you live in the present.
Live in the now. Tomorrow will take care of itself. Thankfully, God has also given us sufficient grace to overcome it!
Matthew 6:34: “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
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