Living in the Abundance of Christ, Making a Home

Live In The Moment And Be Content!

“Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.” James 4:13-17


“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” Proverbs 27:1

We are not guaranteed tomorrow. Only today.

“As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.
The life of mortals is like grass,
they flourish like a flower of the field;
the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more.
But from everlasting to everlasting
the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children’s children—”
Psalm 103:13-17

This year my older son is a Senior in high school. A Senior! I cannot believe how quickly the time has gone, and how it seems like just a moment ago I was holding him in my arms, teaching him how to read, and teaching him how to do his own laundry (that’s an excellent thing to teach your son). And now he drives, he works, he’s making plans for the future, he has his own life apart from me. It is bittersweet.

I’ve wasted so much of my life worrying about the future or regretting the past that oftentimes I missed what was going on in the present. So, over the course of this last year I have worked hard to live in the moment. To be present, alert, aware, and there. I’ve realized that God wants us to live today, this day that we have. Not to worry about tomorrow, it isn’t promised, or spend a lot of time remembering or romanticizing the past, but to be here, now.

And you know what’s happened as a result of this? I’ve had more joy. I have enjoyed current moments more and now those moments have become fond memories.

I don’t want to live like I did before, always grasping, never content with what I have but wanting what I had or striving for what I don’t.

I like this, even on the bad days. Being present and living in the moment has allowed me to really experience life. I like what life is like with Christ when you’re in a good moment and can thank him, or in a bad moment and can ask for his help and his mercy. I look forward to the future with hope, knowing that God has numbered my days (Job 14:5). And if the Lord is willing, I will continue to enjoy these moments with my older son, my younger son, my husband, and someday my grandchildren.

Contentment. Ahh!

“…for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:11-13

 

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