SCRIPTURE: Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – Matthew 6:34 NIV
The moment you are spending reading this meditation is the only one you have. Living is done in the present. When our minds are focused on something that happened in the past, or contemplating what might occur tomorrow, we totally miss out on true abundant life. The poem “I Am” states it best (as best I can remember it):
I was remembering the past and feeling sad about regrets, and God said,
“When you live in the past, it is hard, I am not there. I Am.”
I was thinking about tomorrow and feeling anxious about the unknown, and God said,
“When you live in the future, it is hard. I am not there. I Am.”
The poet goes on to remind us that God is our ever present help, meeting us in this moment. God gave us this name for God, perhaps because part of its power is in reorienting our perspective to now. Your best performance comes when you are focused on the task at hand, and that is also where you’ll experience the greatest joy and freedom. Your greatest gift to friends and loved ones is the gift of your presence – fully engaged with mind, body, and soul.
I love the inspiring movie entitled “Peaceful Warrior,” in which Nick Nolte plays a spiritual master disguised as a humble gas station attendant teaching a cocky college gymnast the fine art of controlling one’s mind, particularly to be aware of, and available to, the Spirit’s power and guidance. The guy is extremely talented, but his focus on future fame – qualifying for the Olympic team, causes him to lose the joy of the process in the present moment – being a gymnast because it is his passion. The stress of achievement and memories of past failures rob him of the happiness he once knew. The master shows the gymnast how many interesting opportunities life presents to him every moment, if he’ll only pay attention. Later, when the lesson is learned and appreciated, the master tests his pupil with a simple question: “Where are you?” “Right here” is the response.
Find abundant life in the present.
“We can, each of us, right now, begin a covenant with the present.” – Laurie Beth Jones, Jesus in Blue Jeans
A.S.K. (the Higher Choices Process)
Ask – questions to discover the direction God would suggest you take.
|1. What percentage of the day do you truly live in the present?|
|2. Is there a sound or phrase you can use to snap your focus to “now” any time?|
|3. As your ability to live in the present increases, do you experience other benefits?|
|Seek – ideas on choices that will take you further along your higher path.|
|Knock – truth embraced through practice and persistence; abiding.|