18 Inches Down

Moving Truth from the Head to the Heart

Be Right Here, Right Now

“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!

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2 comments on “Be Right Here, Right Now

  1. Marie Henry

    So good! Thank God for you and your inspiration to us all through Him.

  2. delancydina

    Live today now….not tomorrow! =)

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Hi, I’m Deanne!

Biblical counselor, budding author, and domestic engineer. I enjoy reading, studying, thinking, and writing about it all. I crave simplicity, laughter, and a cup of hot tea in the morning. Metaphor and allegory is my thing, and I enjoy using it to help myself and others understand spiritual concepts.

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