"The Now is no mere nodal point between the past
and the future.
It is the seat and region of the
Divine Presence itself.... The Now contains all
that is needed for the absolute satisfaction of
our deepest cravings.... In the Now we are at home
at last." (Thomas Kelly, A
Testament of Devotion)
In The Now
It's awkward and painful.
Everything within us resists it. We're conditioned to
plan, taught to strategize, and expected to have
a future perspective. ("What will we do with
our lives?") And in the process we lose sight of the
We want to steer our
own lives and the lives of others towards goals --
spiritual goals, church goals, family goals, career
goals, and more. Those goals absorb
our attention and our journey becomes
preoccupied with the future not the
However, pastoral care,
friendships, and relationships all happen in the
Now. Intimacy -- a lost art in a
future-obsessed culture -- emerges from attentiveness to the
moment. While we continue to look ahead, anticipate,
plan, and project, we find that tomorrow's focus
obscures today's opportunity.
Some of us carefully
structure and organize our everyday lives, believing that if we
can control this moment we will better handle
any unknown moment just around the corner. But
fail to live fully in the
Now, we minimize faith.
Faith implicitly suggests
that we trust the unknown to the Known One.
Authentic faith declares that we don't need to
plan, control, or manage every
detail of our lives. Deep faith
trusts our past mistakes and our future
uncertainties to Christ.
Furthermore, as we live with Him
in the Now ...
discover that prayer is not asking for
His leading tomorrow, but simply aligning ourselves
with Him today.
We approach His Word as our present
help not our future guide.
We listen for His voice rather
than rush past Him.
contentment instead of concern,
gratitude instead of grumbling, peace instead
of pressure, and faith instead of fear
... whatever the circumstances.
We discern His will amidst the crowd
of voices in our
May He grant each of us the grace to become a little more
In HOPE -