Focus on the Now
Why do we spend so much time concerned about what might happen tomorrow and what we think needs to happen tomorrow? Why do we put a time frame on good things? Why do we put a time frame on bad things? We will literally spend time telling ourselves that we need to have a certain amount of money or a certain house or a certain care all by a certain point in our lives. Is there anything wrong with wanting those things? Absolutely not! We should strive for the things we want in life. But at what cost to the NOW are we so concerned about the future?
Spending time on the things that may or may not be tomorrow is causing us to miss what is right in front of us in the moment. Maybe it is our spouse. Maybe it is our children. Maybe it is a door that God has opened for something great in our lives. Yet we are so focused on that thing we want later that we miss what we can and do have NOW.
Don’t take what I am saying the wrong way. I am not saying don’t be prepared for things that you know are approaching. For instance, my wife and I are going on a trip in November. We know what dates we will be gone. We have five children who will need someone to be with them. Our children have school, sporting events, homework and other places to be and things to do. We must plan accordingly. We know what their activities will cost us so we need to budget our money for the week, the month, the year, or whatever is necessary. That is part of life and I believe we do need to have a plan for such things. But, we do not exhaust a lot of our energy trying to cover for every possible thing that could happen while we are gone on our trip. If we did then we would miss out on the time we have with our children each day until that trip.
And furthermore, we are not guaranteed tomorrow. I do not know that this could be the last sentence that I ever type. We do not know if we are going to wake up tomorrow morning. We simply can not prepare for that. Which is why we must spend our time in the NOW. We must focus on our faith and our family. We must focus on living in the moment so we don’t miss out on what God is doing in our lives right NOW. We must focus on the abilities and talents that we currently have and use them for the betterment of God’s kingdom right now. Doing that consistently will just further expand our abilities and talents. It will further our growth in our faith. It will further our growth in life. Will there be speed bumps? YES! Will there be tough decisions? YES! Will there be hard times? YES! But we can deal with those when they happen. Planning for every possible outcome will consume us. And we will inevitably miss something and still hit a speed bump.
So, I urge you today to put your focus on what God is doing NOW. Focus on the moment that God has given you this very second. Do not miss what HE has for you right NOW! HE will provide everything else that we spend so much time stressing about and planning for. Don’t believe me? Take it from the mouth of Jesus:
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?[a] 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”