Don’t esteem the past more than what God does!

past__present__future_by_xnotperfectbutrealx-d3exrqhIsaiah 43:18-19 ‘Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing. Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it.’

Too many of us give too much power to our past and not enough power to our present. Past failures and past successes don’t have to dictate your present reality. If you give too much weight to what God did or didn’t do in the past, you’ll miss what he wants to do in the present.

There’s a reason why your rear view mirror is smaller than your front windscreen. Where you are heading is more important than where you’ve been. If you linger too long on where you’ve been, you’ll crash and miss the turn off to the direction God wants you to head in.

An interesting fact to consider is that when you look up into the sky at night at all of the beautiful stars, you are actually looking at the past. You see, most of the stars in the sky have already died and you are simply looking at the afterglow of them. Too often we look at the past with stars in our eyes and miss what God is wanting to do in our lives right now.

As you head into 2013, I want to encourage you to learn from the past, get healing from the past and celebrate the past but honour what God is doing right now in your life.

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Embrace the Present!

Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

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.