Living in the Moment

It was nearly four years ago, when I was first presented with an idea of living in the moment versus concerning oneself with the future. We constantly ask ourselves, “What’s next?” I know, I asked the very same question a few days ago.

Finding the Balance

How do we stay present – living in the moment versus thinking about our list of goals?

If you are anything like the old me, you have many goals for your life. I say, “the old me” because I don’t feel I make a ton of goals these days.

Chronic illness can make it quite hard to make and meet goals. While goals are important, we need to live in the moment. Finding that balance, though, can become a fierce task.

Anyone else find it difficult to both have goals, but still live in the moment? I think it is a good aspiration to maintain a balance between our goals and our current reality.

The Case for Living in the Moment

This morning, one of my Christian chronic illness friends forwarded a share to our group. But, it was on adding one goal – so we wouldn’t set up ourselves for failure – leaving us feeling deflated.

In the moment, what small goal can I make? Well today, I am not feeling amazing. So deciding the radically change my diet. sleep schedule, and routines is probably not something I ought to do. What are we doing? If we are not living in the moment, will we even be able to enjoy reaching those goals?

. . . Making quite the case for living in the moment.

The Truth:

Despite our circumstances, all any of us can do is live in the moment. It is where we shine the brightest light against sin, this world, sickness, hardship, and other things.

As we live in the moment, my prayer is that we would allow Jesus Christ our God, Savior, and Lord to be our Guide. As we walk in faith in Jesus and obedience moment by moment, one step at a time, we indeed are doing exactly what we need to do.

By living in the moment, this is where we can go where God leads us.

By living in the moment, we can share our faith with others – those we know and do not know.

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness,righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14 This is why it is said:

“Wake up, sleeper,
    rise from the dead,
    and Christ will shine on you.”

15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

Ephesians 5:8-17, New International Version

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