"No, Christian brothers, I do not have that life yet. But I do one thing. I forget everything that is behind me and look forward to that which is ahead of me. My eyes are on the crown. I want to win the race and get the crown of God’s call from heaven through Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:13-14
One of God's gifts to us is the present. I am learning to live each day as if it were my last. We cannot change the past nor do we have any guarantees about our future. We can learn from the past and plan for the future. My friend, David, said, "We have no power in the past or future, only the present."
My friend, Rose Marie Miller, said something like, "Satan will try to get you to live in the failures and regrets of the past and the fear of tomorrow. Jesus wants us to live in the present."
The present is not only God's gift to us, but my gift to others. I pray, "Lord, reveal Yourself to me today. May I live today like You want to be with me in making a difference. What I do today does matter. Give me Your love and may it overflow to others mightily and powerfully. I promise to not sleep my day away, or stare into space as I have before mulling over the past. I will press on."
My friend, Kathy, says to live in the moment. Right now--this moment is all I have. I choose to live it fully and masterfully whether I rest, work, or play. Jesus, You are with me in the moment. (Now if I can finally get this!)