Moving Truth from the Head to the Heart
“To find joy in this day, you must live within its boundaries.” Sarah Young, from her fantastic devotional (and I don’t normally like devotionals!) Jesus Calling
I so often live in the past, reviewing things that I did — or failed to do — and kicking myself around for the way I wish I had responded. Or I look longingly at “the good old days” when things were simpler or more pleasurable.
Sometimes, instead, I look at the future and the looming clouds of what seems to be coming soon. Or I look longingly at where I think I am headed and wish I was already there: if only things were this way…
But I am here. Today. Right now. I can’t change the past. I can’t control the future. So I choose to re-set my attention on the here and now and recognize it for what it is: the present. A gift to me.
Thank You, Abba. It fits perfectly!
“I’m wiping off the table. It strikes me: I am not here. My mind’s lunging ahead, already dashing onto the next and the next and the next, tripping over this and that and falling all over the future that isn’t.
I profane this moment when I won’t stay in it.
I desecrate now when I dismiss it in my push for the next. There are snowflakes sticking to the glass of the window. Right there at the table’s edge I can see them clustering together, piling, melding on the pane. I almost missed it.
I miss living this moment because my head’s already moved into the next moment — the one that isn’t even here yet — and when I am not in this moment but trying to shove into a moment that doesn’t even exist — I miss out on living at all. I may bodily be in this space but I am not even alive.
Could I be walking through the years but not even be alive? …
Be all here: and be holy.
Be all here: and be happy.
Because the Presence of I AM always fills the present moment.” Ann Voskamp
* If you haven’t already read Ann’s book, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, go pick up a copy right here, right now! A definite must-read!