I have had an epiphany recently. It’s not rocket science, and there’s a chance you’ve heard it before…
Life. Is. Short.
This means a whole load of things. It means you should write a bucket list, and actually do some of the things on it! You should tell your special people you love them everyday, in all sorts of different ways. You should take every opportunity to make other people feel great, because you don’t know how many opportunities you’re going to get.
But the thing that has hit me recently is that you should live in the moment, making the most of where you’re at now.
In our culture we’re always striving for the next thing. We’re either working towards the next promotion, financially saving, chasing our dreams, getting over issues, or looking forward to having kids, and then desperately looking forward to the day those same kids sleep through the night, or get over the terrible twos!
In themselves those things aren’t bad. But so often going after these things can stop us enjoying today. You could spend your whole short life looking to the future instead of getting on with living now. Yes it’s true that this is often easier said than done, that sometimes life is hard and looking to the future is the only way to get you through the day. But I would challenge that there’s nearly always something to enjoy about today.
Worrying about the future is another thing that kills the mood. Whether its the interview you have tomorrow, or your kids leaving home, we all have scary unknowns. Not only have we talked before about how unproductive worry is, but all it does is focus your mind on some point in the future, stopping you from living fully in the present. One of the most sensible verses in the bible says “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own”. I don’t need to expand on that one!
For me, I am confident in the God who put the whole universe together, that he has a good future planned for me. For a while now I have known this to be the reason why I truly do not need to worry. But it hasn’t stopped me always waiting for the future. There are things in my life that I am waiting to happen. Some are small, some are big, and they’re all things I believe will make my life better. But for the first time in a while, I also know that where I am right now is good for right now. Not only do I have a lot to be thankful for, but the challenges too are good for me, because of all they teach me.
Life is a big, beautiful, messy story. But it’s made up of thousands of little moments. What we do with each individual moment is what makes the difference. With each situation you find yourself in, or person you’re in front of, you have a choice as to what you do with that.
Make it count.