Live in the Present

Do you have a mental “Some Day” file such as:

  • Some day, I’ll lose weight.
  • Some day, my prince will come (sang Snow White)
  • Some day, when I get a better job.
  • Some day, when we own a house.
  • Some day, when the kids are bigger.
  • Some day, when I’m confident.
  • Some day, I’ll get organized.

THIS END LOOKING BACK

I’m on the far end of my life looking back. Realistically speaking, my life span is closer to ending than beginning.

Dennis and I bemoan aging (sometimes) and verbalize how we wish we’d known in our younger years what we know now. Now that we are healed from so much of the baggage we brought into our marriage, we wish we could fast backward (since we can’t fast forward).

We’d be better spouses….

Better parents….

Better friends….

Better examples of Christ followers.

But we’re hit with the realization that SOME DAY is today.

STUCK IN THE LABYRINTH OF SOMEDAY

You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you’ll escape one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.
― John Green, Looking for Alaska

We are all guilty of comparing ourselves to others. Havilah Cunnington says comparison is the doorway to envy. (Her short teaching here will bless your socks off.)

The #1 enemy of living in the present is comparison. ~ Havilah

COMPARISON IS OUR ENEMY

Comparison leads to envy. Envy is to wish that you had a quality or possession that another person has.

And don’t be wishing you were someplace else or with someone else. Where you are right now is God’s place for you. Live and obey and love and believe right there. God, not your marital status, defines your life.  ~ The Message

When we compare, envy makes us think…

I could do so much more if…..

  • My children were older
  • I had more education
  • My spouse was more supportive
  • I lived anywhere but here
  • I was as beautiful (or handsome) as ____
  • My health was better
  • I had more time
  • I had more money
  • I was older (or younger)

Satan uses this strategy to keep us preoccupied with the future of someday.

YOU ARE RIGHT WHERE GOD WANTS YOU TO BE

I believe no matter what season of life you find yourself, it is exactly where God wants you to be.

Dennis and I are living testaments that all of our life’s experiences, mistakes and trials have made us who we are: cracked and chipped pots of clay.

 But this beautiful treasure is contained in us—cracked pots made of earth and clay—so that the transcendent character of this power will be clearly seen as coming from God and not from us.  We are cracked and chipped from our afflictions on all sides.. ~The Voice

I choose to believe God’s light in us can shine brighter because of our cracked condition.

I’ve decided to believe the God who is the same yesterday, today and forever with today—the present. No more using the future someday to escape what He has planned for me today.

Right now.

This moment.

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.  ~ Bill Keane

Recently when comparison and envy were trying to rob me of enjoying the present (that I’m too old), I wrote out this declaration:

I am right where God wants me.

I am who God wants me to be.

I am equipped to do all that God calls me to do.

I have gifts and talents that bless others.

All my life experiences have prepared me for this season.

I am bold, courageous, and fearless.

I am full of faith.

I am an encourager.

I am dependent on God and interdependent on my husband.

I am all here.

I am present.

I am anointed to live in my present!

You, too, are anointed by God to live in your present. No one else can be you. No one else can do what only you can do.

Remember that the next time comparison tries to rob you of the present.

God anoints you to live in your present,

Debbie

2 comments

  1. Anita

    I must tell you that “live in the present” really spoke to me and believe to many as well !
    Your love for the Lord is so deep that transpires from your words!
    Thank you once again , first of all to be my special friend, and second to be so diligent in doing what the Lord called you to do! You are blessed! Anita

    Matthew 7:16

  2. Susan 2

    Deb,
    I’m gonna nickname you “Slugger” ’cause you are always knockin’ it outta the park! Thanks, Sister <3

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