That’s Why They Call It the Present

No doubt, you’ve heard the saying that goes something like this: “Live neither in the past nor the future. Focus on what you have in the now. The ‘now’ is a ‘gift’ – that’s why it’s called the ‘present.”

A sobering line from the play “Our Town” says, “Few people enjoy life while they’re living it.”

A dear friend of mine once taught me this abiding biblical truth: “Faith only works in the present. This is why the enemy works tirelessly to try and focus our minds on either “regretting the past,” or “worrying about the future.”

For someone like me – who continually struggles with the habit of “regretting the past” & “worrying about the future” – this brief excerpt from “Jesus Calling” is like fresh, spring water to a parched soul. Here’s the entry: “You have journeyed up a steep, rugged path in recent days. The way ahead is shrouded in uncertainty. Look neither behind you nor before you. Instead, focus your attention on Me, your constant Companion. Trust that I will equip you fully for whatever awaits you on your journey. I designed time to be a protection for you. You couldn’t bear to see all your life at once. Though I am unlimited by time, it is in the PRESENT MOMENT that I meet you. Refresh yourself in My company,…. The highest level of trust is to enjoy Me moment by moment. ‘I am with you, watching over you wherever you go. Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.” (PSALM 143:8)


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