DayBreaks for 8/03/18: To Live in the Present
From the DayBreaks archive, August 2008:
I love to think about heaven – about what it will be like, about what we/I will do there. I can hardly wait to hear the myriads of angels and the four living creatures singing at the top of their “lungs” to the praise of the One on the throne. I can hardly wait to talk with Daniel, that great warrior/prophet who faced down kings and the powerful men of the earth. I want to talk with Moses, I want to ask Abraham about the “sacrifice” of Isaac and what he told Sarah and when and how he felt throughout that experience.
Likewise, I can find myself being drawn to living in the past. Sometimes at night I dream about past friendships and experiences. I love to reminisce and tell stories of our children and family. I love to think about great times I’ve had with friends camping and backpacking in the high Sierra’s, or to talk about the sights of Glacier National Park, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon – or even the sights, sounds and smells of St. Bernard’s Parish in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina.
It is easy to get caught in living either in the future or in the past. As Walker Percy put it, “To live in the past and future is easy. To live in the present is like threading a needle.” I don’t know about you, but at my age and with my vision, threading a needle isn’t the easiest task any more. It’s a challenge.
Why is living in the present so difficult? Because we love the escape that living in either the past or future provides. It’s also why we sit so many hours in front of our television or playing a videogame or attending some form of entertainment. It seems that we in America can hardly stand to live in the present. We’re always looking for some manner of escape – either backward, or forward, in time.
Jesus understood our tendency to worry about today and to try to escape from it. In Matthew 6:34 (KJV), Jesus said that we should Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Jesus is suggesting to us that we need to stay focused on today – to live in this day, in the present. One day at a time is all we can handle!
PRAYER: Jesus, help our minds not to wander from the serious business of living in the present and the challenge of serving You moment by moment. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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