Living for Later vs Living for Now

I remember when fall was just beginning last year. The leaves were turning colors and the air was crisp. We were just transitioning from September to October. Halloween items began creeping into store and in the back, the Christmas items had been set out too. I always found it a bit odd to bring out Christmas decorations so early. (And I, for one, love Christmas time.)

Now that the holidays are over, it’s barely January and the stores are decked out with Valentine’s Day gifts and some spring items as well. Why is it that we are always looking for the ‘next big thing?’ We have 8 people living in our home – my husband and our six children. None of us share a birthday month. That means, 8 months out of the year we are celebrating someone who made it through another year of life. And as soon as one celebration ends, we begin to look forward to the next.

But are we spending too much time looking at what’s ahead and forgetting to live in ‘today?’ Instead of living in the moment, why do we work and plan for the next big event or big adventure? Are we missing out on the day to day blessings because we’re too focused on the future?

I’m guilty of this. I also know there is nothing bad about planning and preparing for the future. But when our minds become so focused on what’s ahead instead of what’s right now, we can easily miss out on our own lives.

Let’s be mindful of today. How can you make the most out of your ‘now?’ Unfortunately, I don’t have an answer. All I can do is my best to try and stay in the moment, be thankful for the ‘now,’ while trusting God with my future.

What about you? How do you live for each day? Or, what holds you back from experiencing life as it’s happening instead of life as it will be? It’s the difference between ‘living’ and being ‘alive.’ Because I do believe there is a difference.

Food for thought.

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