After looking at the way things are on this earth, here’s what I’ve decided is the best way to live: "Take care of yourself, have a good time, and make the most of whatever job you have for as long as God gives you life. And that’s about it. That’s the human lot. Yes, we should make the most of what God gives, both the bounty and the capacity to enjoy it, accepting what’s given and delighting in the work. It’s God’s gift! God deals out joy in the present, the now. It’s useless to brood over how long we might live.” Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 The Message
“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” Matthew 6:34
Confession. I really struggle with staying in the present. I'm organized by nature and I like order. That part of me can be a strength, but too many times it's also my downfall. It's really (like, really, really) difficult for me to discipline myself to enjoy what is presently taking place. I tend to live a day, two, three days ahead in my mind habitually. Mentally, I'm almost always on to the next thing. Sometimes it reminds me of when the kids were little. They'd run too far ahead of me, so, I’d call them back and say, "Okay, that's too far."
That's my problem, I simply get too far ahead.
No kidding, in the middle of enjoying an awesome workout, I'm thinking of what I'll do tomorrow. Three weeks into summer and I'm strategizing (and worrying) about the Fall school schedule. As I'm digging my fork into dinner, I'm considering what will need to be prepped for tomorrow's. I mean it's habitual. And, it's not good. I'm not a gambling woman, but even I know that putting what's real, what's happening now, on the table in trade for what's only hoped for tomorrow is a bad bet. I'd love to be someone less caught in the middle. Is that you too? It's hard to navigate. I'm just laying my struggle at the foot of the cross today and asking the Lord to help me stay in step with Him. I’m asking for help as I seek to find a holy balance between good stewardship of "moment to moment living" married with proper planning. You're welcome join me if you’d like? My heartfelt prayer is short and sweet.
Lord, I get ahead of you – WAY ahead of you. Will you help me in my shortcomings today? When I'm tempted to trade today's moments for tomorrow's possibilities, please call out to me, "Okay! That's too far." Thank you Jesus for this day. In your name I pray, amen.