Revisiting: Live Now

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.  

The words?

“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 what 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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