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The Present

Yesterday afternoon the following thought came to mind:

Reminiscing about past glory and looking forward to future endeavors are certainly fun activities, however; the main issue is that no matter how much you want to, you can”t live in either one of them here and now.

I posted this to Facebook, and someone responded back, “Thanks for bursting everyone”s bubble.” as much as that response may have been warranted, I didn”t intend for my original post to necessarily be a negative one.

Whether we”ve had a good one or negative one, it”s easy for us to get caught up and stuck reliving past glory or failures. Conversely if we perceive the present as nothing special we might find ourselves looking toward future endeavors that take our mind away from the possibility that this day truly holds.

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)

We are all very familiar with this passage; and though we may not necessarily know where it is located, we can probably all quote it without looking it up. But how many times do we quote it without truly thinking about what it is saying?

The psalmist didn”t say November 8th was the day the Lord made. I will think about that day and rejoice and be glad in it. He didn”t look forward to the weekend or the prospect of a promotion coming down the line. He said today is the day that the Lord made, I will rejoice in it here and now.
My life is blessed beyond what I lived back then and I must receive His goodness He has today of I want the fulness of tomorrow.

No moment of your life is insignificant, for He made each one of them for you to fully live. It”s easy to get blinded by the glory of the past or promise of the future that we don”t truly see what is good in today. Each day has its own promise and its own manna. Don”t try to live off of yesterday”s manna or live on the promise of tomorrow.

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)

6 Responses to “The Present”

  1. I actually think your original thought is true. I am a big Back to the Future fan and I think part of that is the desire to go back and change things, or to see the future and make sure I avoid doing this or that. A person can spend so much time in the past that he laments too much or so much in the future that he is nothing more than a dreamer. It does not matter what has been done or what will be done, but what am I doing right now to change lives. Well said Philip.

    • philip says:

      Thanks Bill, there is certainly nothing wrong with looking at the past or future; but I like how you put it, right now is where we change lives. Thanks again!

  2. Emily Dickinson said it well…”Forever is composed of nows.” We miss so many “nows” by dwelling on the past, by orchestrating our future and even by too being busy in the present. Reflection on the past and future is wise and good to do…but if the Lord wants us to “rejoice and be glad” in this day…I think we probably should.

    • philip says:

      We certainly may think about the past and future, it’s the dwelling that can get us into trouble. I like “forever is made of nows,” that’s a great way to say it. Thanks for your excellent thoughts Jay!

  3. You’re right, there is nothing wrong with looking forward or back but we can’t live there. It’s sort of like when we talk about dreaming big dreams. That’s important, but we don’t get things done in our dreams, we get them done when we wake up and act on them. Good stuff, Philip. Thank you.

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