In The Present

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You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Isaiah 26:3
Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34
God deals out joy in the present, the now. It’s useless to brood over how long we might live. Ecclesiastes 5:20 (The Message)

INSIGHT

In a few days, our family goes on a much-needed vacation. In my dreams, I am already there, but this break can't seem to come soon enough.  I am in full-fledged destination thinking mode. I've spent countless hours researching places to eat, things to do and activities not to be missed. And because of that, my productivity at work and home over the past few days has come to a screeching halt. 

I might be physically present, but my mind and energy are somewhere else. Responsibilities put off for another time.  My focus and drive centers on the finish line when I can activate the "out of the office" email response and enjoy some time in the fun and sun. 

With what's to come now the priority, the demands of the here and now have taken a back seat. If someone were to ask me, "How has God moved in your life over the past week?", they would be met with a blank stare, some stuttering and an attempt to change the subject. My inability to articulate a response would be due to a lack of intention and focus on my part - a common symptom of destination thinking. 

We're all guilty of losing sight of present-day opportunities because we are either daydreaming about the past or yearning for things to come. By holding on to this mindset, we miss out on more than we realize.  God presents us with moments every day that possess the power to shape us, stretch our faith, and make an impact in the life of another. Sadly, they often come and go without us recognize they are there in the first place.  

When we’re always looking forward to what’s next or occupied about the unchangeable things of the past, we become blind to what God is calling to our attention in the here and now. We inadvertently stunt our growth and sabotage ourselves. The new thing God wants to do within us becomes irrelevant if we don’t possess the courage and character necessary to step into them.

The past is over. The future isn't here yet. The only place transformation takes place are in the moments we pay attention to right now. God deals out joy in the present. We ensure ourselves a better tomorrow by tending to our hearts today and being present in the moment. 

REFLECTION

  • Where do you find yourself suffering from destination thinking? 
  • How is having this mindset inhibiting your ability to be present in the moment? 

PRAYER

God, today is all that has been promised to me. Let me not squander it by being preoccupied with the future or mourning the past. Give me eyes to see those divine opportunities before me. May I display the courage to step into those moments. Use them to bring me closer to You.  In Your name, Jesus. Amen.

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