“Where does the time go?”
What if we quit saying that? It doesn’t make a difference anyway, and perhaps only serves to dull the brilliant uniqueness of this moment. Is it even possible to “live in the moment” while we are bemoaning the lost ones and plotting the next?
I wrote this article about two months ago for http://www.swagga4christ.com
. It was also published on FaithWriters as one of the daily devotionals. But when I skimmed over it again today, I felt chided. How quickly I forget God’s lessons…
Every January, the world seems to lose track of time. For a few days, all we can think about is how we are going to do things differently next year, in the future. Or, we look back at the last year and feel guilty about things that happened in days gone by.
The Bible doesn’t spend a lot of time talking about the past or the future. In fact, 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “The old is gone and the new has come.” So, the past is gone and the new is now!
The phrase, “This day”, is used frequently in the Bible. God tells us that He made this day, we can rejoice and be glad! (Ps. 118:24) In Matt. 6:11, Jesus reminds us to pray and thank God for His provision this day.
So, when others talk about New Year’s resolutions, or moan about the past, remember that your choices, actions, attitudes and words matter this minute, right now, this day.
“Choose you this day whom you will serve.” Joshua 24:15
Be present! Stay in the moment!
It might well be the mantra of the decade. It is hummed from the yoga mat, preached from the pulpit and scribbled in the margins of self-help books. I warrant, it’s true. There is little worth in worrying about tomorrow, as it will happen exactly as God intended it to happen without the assistance of human agony. And fretting about yesterday only gives me indigestion and entices me to break open old wounds in an effort to right past wrongs.
The humans live in time but our Enemy destines them to eternity. He therefore, I believe, wants them to attend chiefly to two things, to eternity itself, and to that point of time which they call the Present. For the Present is the point at which time touches eternity. Of the present moment, and of it only, humans have an experience analogous to the experience which our Enemy has of reality as a whole; in it alone freedom and actuality are offered them. ~Screwtape in C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters
I can see the wisdom of his words. I have felt the lingering, nagging, splinter-like pain of regret. I have felt the heart-stopping, immobilizing fret of the future. The great lie is that by attending to either one, I do some good. Perhaps, guilt and regret are part of paying the penalty. Do I think I am earning God’s sympathy or forgiveness through my groveling? Do I think that by making all kinds of logical suggestions about the future I can change God’s course for eternity?
Far better to rest in the finished, past and continuing work of Christ on my behalf. And far better to trust the Creator of the world to be sufficiently wise to sustain me.
-for the past is frozen and no longer flows, and the Present is all lit up with eternal rays. Hence nearly all vices are rooted in the future.