There is a time beyond the present called the future. Our hopes and dreams abide there as well as our fears. The time that has passed is just that, the past. We have no power of what has already occurred. We can remember it, we can revisit it, we can learn from it, but we can’t change it, no matter how hard we try. We can rejoice in the past. We can apologize for it. So what are we left with? Look down at your feet. This is where you are, right here, right now. This is the time that you can affect. This is your chance to make a difference. Now is the time for you to shape your future. Your reactions, your choices, and the decisions that you make right now will affect your future by creating your path to it.
What about planning for the future? It is a great idea to plan. Look ahead and see where you want to be. Create and pursue the path to your goals and dreams. It is very good to prepare for the future. Consider both good and bad things that might happen, could happen, might not happen, probably won’t happen. The future is unknowable. You have no idea, as much as you would like to think you do, as to what will happen tomorrow. That is why we buy insurance, to guard us against and prepare us for future events. Just remember though, when you are looking at all the things that can go wrong, don’t forget to plan for all the wonderful things that can go so right.
Don’t be so absorbed in what might go wrong that it paralyzes you and prevents you from moving forward. Be prudent but also be willing to take educated risks that could lead to much joy. How many of us have regrets that we did not do certain things because of fears, usually baseless and unwarranted fears? Dwelling on the past and worrying about the future deprives you of the very time you have to make a difference. That time is now!
Nothing tomorrow is certain. I could very easily lose my job tomorrow, even lose my life. I certainly plan to be alive tomorrow, but I don’t honestly know that for sure. Odds are I will be alive tomorrow. But realizing that the future is unknowable is even more reason to cherish the present. To share love with all those around you. You have no idea what seeds you plant today will grow into tomorrow. Think that every smile, every good deed, every kind word will change somebody’s life for the better. You just never know.
Live in the present. Be in the place you are now. Cherish the time you have now because once it has passed, you won’t have a chance to use that time again. In the Book of James in the Bible, he says in chapter 4, verse 14: How do you know what will happen tomorrow? For your life is like the morning fog–it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. (NLT) So right now you have a chance to impact your life as well as the life of others. Spend time with a loved one. Let them know they are loved and appreciated. Not because they might be gone tomorrow, but because you love them today.
If you have faith that God is your Father, and your Friend, then future takes on even a greater meaning. The future isn’t just a bunch of tomorrows here on earth, but eventually an eternity of eternities. Now that is an awesome thought. Have you thought about that?
I hope that this new year will bring you incredible opportunities. We still struggle with the economic hardships which surround us, but with much faith and love, even those can be overcome. Take a look at what you have and appreciate what is really important. Do it today, not tomorrow. Be present, be here, experience the now with an eye to a brighter future and with lessons learned from the past. I know you can do it because you are someone special who is loved, accepted, and appreciated.
Take care, stay well, and be safe.