is what happens to you while you're busy making
-- John Lennon
We plan to live and live to
plan and, in the process, life passes us by.
some point, many or most of us bought into a
prominent cultural view that we need goals and
plans to be happy. We've all heard it - "If we
fail to plan, we plan to fail." And who wants to
Consequently, we are trained
to plan, taught to strategize, and primed to cast
vision. We need goals in every area of
life -- spiritual goals, educational goals, numeric
goals, parenting goals, financial goals, and more. And
when (or if) we achieve those goals, we barely
stop to acknowledge it because we're already
aiming higher or further.
stretch out endlessly before us like the
horizon. Our journey becomes so preoccupied with
this elusive and ever-changing future that we
often fail to experience the Present to the
We grow so focused on the Not
Yet that we can't see the Now. But Now is the moment of God's
Presence. Now is His real gift to us. Now is all
we have to hold with any certainty.
Our relentless grasp for tomorrow becomes
tomorrow's grip on us. The prospect of a new day
and a better way distracts us too often from the
reality of "God with us" right now.
Living with Christ in the Now
delivers us from the guilt of the past and the
fear of the future. Jesus declared to His
disciples: "I am with you always, even to
the end of the age" (Matthew 28.20). We would
likely say "I will be with you always
..." but Christ casts it in the present tense.
Why? Because, to live for one day from now, one
week from now, or one year from now is not to live
life to the full right now.
Our preoccupation with "the will of God"
whereby we grow anxious to do what God "has
planned for us" may harm us more than help us.
Perhaps we will find deepest satisfaction not in
second-guessing the future but living fully in
this moment, this day. As we live in His Presence
we live in His will.
it wrong to make plans? Of course not. The entire
biblical story details the grand plan of God to
redeem each of us. But when the future undermines
our capacity to live fully with Him in the
Present, we will enter eternal restlessness rather
May 2007 become a year of living more
richly with Him moment-by-moment. What's He saying
to you Now?
In HOPE -