Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead ... (Philippians 3:13, New American Standard Bible)
I never used to watch much television. Now, I find it keeps me company, even when I am doing other things. Just now, I was watching a movie and doing my home bed exercises. My attention was suddenly diverted from the task at hand as I heard a mother who was talking to her daughter - who must have an illness or an accident.
“Just live your life as it is – don’t keep waiting for it to be as it was.”
Wow. What wisdom. Just live your life as it is. Even though I have been virtually homebound for the past 6 years, there is this part of me that sometimes looks backwards longingly. I ask God, “Can’t I feel good enough to finish off the small bit I need to keep my work credentials? I worked so hard for so many years – the finish line is so close. I hate to feel it was all for nothing.”
The answer seems to be, “No.” Yet, I look back.
Although most of the time I live in today – I still wonder why the things I thought God had planned for me have come to a screeching halt.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels that way. I know not everyone looks back at the past longingly – but a lot of us do.
Now these words come floating through the air from the television. I believe it was one of those things I call “God whispers.”
“Just live your life as it is. Don’t keep waiting for it to be as it was.”
Wise words. Such wise words.
So – when the moments hit when you get the urge to look backwards longingly – remember those words and look for that you can do right now – at this very moment.
Is there someone you could email? A letter you could write? A call you could make? A prayer you could whisper? Or maybe you have a few of those precious “feel good” moments where you could do something for yourself?
Get your mind off of “then” and look at now – and do whatever it is you CAN do.
Even if it’s taking a nap - what ever you can do is enough. Comparing it to what you could do in the past is self-defeating and discouraging.
Live now. It’s the only moment you truly have.
Father God - Thank you for the moment of "now," even if it is a challenging one. Your love is here for us in the here and now. Help us to live each moment as fully as we can. Amen and amen.
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