Decide for the present

Many people live in the past and constantly think about what might have been. They spend all their time dealing with things they can not do anymore.

They deal with things like:
"If only I had married the freak I assumed was a loser in college and now a millionaire." "If only I had accepted the job at the company that I thought she was does not exist long. But now she holds the most shares in the market. "" If only I had not gotten pregnant with 16. "" If only I had finished my graduation instead of throwing everything. "" If only I had not been so drunk and I would not have let the tattoo sting. "" If only I did not ... "

Every single person's life is full of missed opportunities, unwise decisions and regrets. But these things can not be changed anymore. It is better to accept them, to learn from them and to go forward. Nevertheless, many people seem to be held captive by things they can not change.

Others are waiting for an indefinite time in the future. Yes, we are looking forward to the future, but we live today. God lives in the present. His name is "I am" and not "I was" or "I will be" or "If only I had been". The journey with God is a journey from one day to another, and we miss a lot if we do not focus on what God has for us today. Note: God does not give us today what we need tomorrow. The Israelites found out about this when they tried to keep the manna for the next day (2, Moses 16). It is not wrong to plan the future, but God cares about our needs daily. We pray "give us our daily bread today". Matthew 6,30-34 tells us not to worry about tomorrow. God cares for us. Instead of complaining about the past and worrying about the morning, Matthew 6,33 says what our focus should be: "Seek first for the kingdom of God ..." Our job is to seek God, to relate to Him and to ourselves to be aware of and be attuned to one's presence, day by day. We should pay attention to what God is doing for us today. It is our priority and we can not do it if we live constantly in the past
or wait for the future.

Proposals for implementation

  • Read a few Bible verses each day and think about how to apply them in your life.
  • Ask God to show you his will and to make his wishes your wishes.
  • See the creation around you - the sunrise, the sunset, the rain, the flowers, the birds, the trees, the mountains, the rivers, the butterfly, the children's laughter - whatever you see, hear, smell, taste , feel - refers to your creator.
  • Pray several times a day (1. Thess 5,16-18). Pray for longer and shorter prayers filled with thanksgiving and praise, plea and intercession, so that your focus is on Jesus and remains (Hebr 12,2).
  • Direct your thoughts through continued meditation on God's word, biblical principles and how Christ would handle certain situations in my stead through the day (Ps 1,2, Jos 1,8).

by Barbara Dahlgren

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