Live in the Now
Do you spend all of your time preparing and planning for the future? I know for myself, clothes need to be ready days in advance, next day's meals are usually ready to go the morning the day before, I like to plan the weekend in advance to know when I'll need to be where. We all have certain areas we like to be prepared, even if it means mentally preparing for the long day at work, and the moments you know you'll most likely have an emotional breakdown. We all think ahead, be that the next day, the next week, the next year. However, if we're always thinking in advance, and preparing for the future, where does that leave us time to be in the present moment?
Today's Gospel states: 'In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, "I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will. All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him." Then turning to the disciples he said privately, "Blessed are the eyes which see what you see! For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it"' (Luke 10:21-24).
Today's reading talks about how we need to be grateful we are given lives that are limited to this moment.Only God knows that future, from the next minute, to the day you return to Him when you die. It is our job to be present, to live this life how God intended, to seek opportunities and to be the person you are meant to be. This means taking time to embrace the talents God has given you, maybe music, or art, sports, the love for reading, instead of just using the time to stress about the next day. God created you in His very image and likeness not to waste away in life, but to embrace everything that comes your way. Take some time to ask God to help you live in the present moment.
Today we pray:
Thank You for this wonderful life You've given me. Help me to live in the present moment, and not waste time worrying about what the future will bring.
I pray this in Your most holy name, Amen.