Too many of us either live in the past or live in the future but fail to live in the present moment. Its important to reflect on the past and plan for the future but embrace each moment we are in with passion and focus.
I have observed others and even myself from time to time suffer from destination disease. This disease manifests as a continual focus on that place called ‘There’. The problem is if you arrive ‘There’, you might actually find that the journey to ‘There’ was the most important thing all along.
Life is a journey, not an event. The same goes for your calling. Your calling isn’t about a one time event but a life-long process. While Jesus Christ’s calling was defined by his death on the cross and subsequent resurrection, his calling was outworked over the process of his entire life, especially the last three years.
Don’t wait till your kids get older before you start enjoying them but embrace them as they are right now. Don’t see your current ministry assignment as a stepping stone to greater things but embrace it as the most important thing God has ever asked you to do and give it your all. Don’t relate to people with yourself continually on your mind but totally embrace the opportunity to get to know someone else and be interested in their world.
Eternity is a long time and how we live now in the present really matters. Embracing the present isn’t about living for yourself, it’s about living for Christ and his purpose for your life.