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Do We Live in the Past or the Present?

    Some of us look at life as though we were driving a car continually looking in the rear view mirror. Instead of looking to what is ahead of us, to the road in front of us, we keep looking backwards at where we have come from, not where we are going to. It is unrealistic for us to imagine that we are the only ones with a difficult past. Yes, life is unfair. No-one has a perfect life. Jesus certainly did not. But to live weighed down and continually gazing out our past, like a driver looking through a rear-view mirror, is not healthy for any of us. We can easily become sorry for ourselves when we choose to live like that, yet a pity-party is certainly NOT a pretty party!

    For many of us there has been pain and loss, grief and rejection, but if we keep looking back at those experiences, and living as if we are still in them, we will never be able to fully enjoy the goodness and beauty which God has planned for us now. We are like soldiers carrying a huge back-pack - with all of our emotional pains and losses wrapped up in its own baggage. This 'stuff' weighs us down. It slows our walk. It is extremely tiring and draining. It prevents us from enjoying today.

    All of us have some regrets, failures, or relationship difficulties. Yes, the events in our lives and the choices in our past may affect who we are, and may impact upon our future, but they do not need to control us. They certainly do not define us! No, we are now moving on to a bright and more fulfilled future, based on the wisdom and experience we have gained from our past.

    We were designed to live one day at a time, and then at sundown, or even more frequently, to place all of the problems of that day into the strong arms of Jesus. Then we can face the new morning ahead of us, when we awaken from our sleep, with a fresh spring in our step, and lightness in our attitudes. We are ready to search and to reach for the joy and jewels of energy which we are traveling through in our new day. These gems are placed into our lives to sustain us so that we will have sufficient resources to handle what this day will bring.

    Let's focus on today, the present which is really all we DO have, and search out the surrounding treasures which God will certainly have placed for our refreshment. If we miss today, we miss the point of living. The only time we actually have is today. The poem is right when it says 'I will not pass this way again'. Life is happening now. To miss the present moment is to miss the value of this particular day. If we spend today only looking backwards, we shall miss all the goodness and beauty God has planned for us to nourish us this day, in the situation we are in right now. Now is the only time we ever have or ever will have.

    The choices we make now will affect our future, there is no doubt about that. Let us take up all of today's opportunities, because then we will be investing in tomorrow's blessings. Every day is a gift. Treasure it highly. It is a jewel in your life. Tomorrow will only get better - the best is always ahead.

    Some things in the past are definitely worth remembering, and they inspire us. Many of us have been immeasurably helped by outstanding role models who have shaped us and assisted us on our life journey. So remember only the good, and inspiring, helpful aspects of our past. St. Paul has some advice on this subject too. He suggests: "Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things.....And the God of peace will be with you".

    So as we enjoy today, give thanks for all of its beauty and sweetness, all its calm and its energy. And in remembering our past, do that with a thankful and grateful heart, dwelling on all the good and best aspects of life. This will enable us to live THIS day well, and set up our future to be bright, beautiful and always leading on to more verdant, lush and fragrant pastures than we have yet enjoyed.

    May this day be a gentle and peaceful one for us all!

    � 2004 Christine M. Jones

    Droplets from Life
    I would love to hear your responses, comments or input in any way. Please contact me at: christinesdroplets@yahoo.com.au

    Christine Jones is married to David. She has two adult children and precious grandchildren. She has worked for many years as a school teacher/librarian, and written children's material for several years in her 'spare time'. She loves nature, music and the theatre.

    John Mark Ministries