James 4:14 recently prompted introspection into the best way to use our time.
“Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” 14 How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. 15 What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.”
Have you ever noticed how much time we spend thinking “Oh, when I finish that things will be easier”, or something similar? It is easy to believe that the peace we desire will be in our grasp if “only” we can accomplish something. This is like chasing the wind. When one project is completed, the reality is that many things have come into our lives to replace it. How often do we deny ourselves things like rest, because the should monster sits on our shoulder? It whispers in our ear, “Not until…..” or “You should be doing…”.
Really? We endlessly tend to plan, wait , miss out on what is important listening to the shoulds. How much richer would life be to stop and enjoy the moment? Trust that in it’s due time, things will get done? Even on busy days we can believe God will give us strength for that day’s tasks. The only should we need to obey is the living out of God’s truths. I don’t want to waste my life away rushing, always rushing, to the next thing on my list. Because the list will never end.
God has blessed my life. So how will I live out and find my unique purpose? How will you? We can stop planning for tomorrow. We can assess what (who) truly and deeply matters and seize every chance to live intentionally pursuing it. We can refuse to harbor grudges. We can love our neighbors. We can work on the projects that bring us joy. We can move up that proverbial bucket list and live it today, while we are able! Tomorrow is a possibility, today is the present, A present.