DayBreaks for 05/30/13 – The Here and Now

DayBreaks for 05/30/13 – The Here and Now

_MG_9725NOTE: I am back but weary!  New DayBreaks will resume no later than the first week of June, 2013!  Thanks for your prayers while I was away!!!

Remember the story about Jesus encouraging us to become like little children to be able to enter into the kingdom of heaven?  Here’s a twist on that which I’d not considered before: a little child has no past to speak of, no past with regrets or loaded with guilt.  Little kids seem to have an incredible ability to forget what is in the past, whether it was good or bad, and to be alive for the opportunity of the moment.  As Christians, we need to understand that what we have done in the past is irrelevant to our stance before God right now.

The apostle Paul grasped the full meaning of Jesus’ teaching on becoming like a little child.  Serving as a coat rack during the stoning of Stephen and as a ringleader in the slaughter of Christians, Paul might well have become pathological had he dwelt on his pre-Christian past.  But he writes, ‘All I can say is that I forget the past and strain ahead for what is still to come.’  (Phil. 3:13)

Whatever past achievements might bring us honor, whatever past disgraces might make us blush, all have been crucified with Christ and exist no more except in the deep recesses of eternity, where ‘good is enhanced into glory and evil miraculously established as part of the greater good.’” – The Ragamuffin Gospel, Brennan Manning

We are faced every moment of our life with a choice: what will I do with God RIGHT NOW?  We can often ignore Him and become wrapped up in our work, play or schooling.  We can decide that we’ll remain hopelessly mired in the past of our failings.  We can live for the future – always thinking and dreaming about how some day it will all be better and our life will finally find meaning and fulfillment.  But if we do that, we will miss the moment and never find fulfillment.  Fulfillment can never be realized in the future – only in the present, and only in the realization that God lives side by side with us in the present moment.

Choose to serve Him at this moment.  Then, if God is gracious to grant you more time, choose to serve and follow Him with each one of the moments with which He blesses you.

Copyright 2002 by Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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