The past cannot be rewritten. It is what it is. Gone. I think occasionally of the wonderful family times, or recall the wonderful way that the Lord has worked so many miracles in our lives. That's about it. I hear that the elderly think often of the past in great detail with great long-term memory, but not-so-great short term memory. I guess I'm not that old yet.
The future is a blank page. I'm not convinced that we have a lot of influence over it. As the Bible says, "Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof," a truth that is even more vivid these days. I do have great anticipation of an eternity in a world where peace reigns and where I live as a child and heir to the creator of the universe, who will have a work for me to do which will be rewarding and exciting beyond my capacity to imagine. But eternity doesn't start when we 'die.' It starts when we are born again and receive the gift of eternal life. There is no death for the Christian.
And, besides, there is no such thing as time. It is merely a construct -- an illusion, if you will -- that the Lord has provided for our benefit while we live in these fleshly earth bodies so that we would have the ability to lead orderly lives in the limited dimension to which we have been assigned.
The now. Now that's my cup of tea! And that being the case, ironically I value time above almost anything else. It's inconceivable to waste something so limited and precious. I try always to be prepared for any moments that might otherwise be wasted, such as sitting in a doctor or dentist's office. I make sure I have the ubiquitous book or list somewhere within my reach.
The entirety of the year 2010 is, of course, future. But today, January 1st, it becomes the NOW ... as does each day that we live in what is called 2010.
Almost every prognosticator and expert in almost every field is predicting that 2010 will not be a good year - that it may be the worst year in the history of the world. I suspect that they may be right. Do not let that stop you from making the most of each moment because we are not victims of anyone or anything. A Christian's steps are directed by the King of Kings himself. There is no circumstance on earth that can intervene in His divine purpose. You can take that to the bank; in fact it is no doubt worth vastly more than those dollars that go to and fro, into and out of the banks. Each day He has a specific plan for you and me, and that intention resides out of reach of anyone or anything that surrounds us.
There is no need whatever to live in fear, which is diametrically opposed to God's will for us. The abundant life cannot be experienced if fear is hovering over our days. Fear is, in the simplest terms, a lack of faith. It boils down to just that. I have noticed that 90% of the things we fear never happen. The trials that do come our way are almost things we had never thought of at all. So why waste time worrying?
Hardship and great trials have no grip on you at all without your consent. Don't give it.
- Trust your Lord. Believe His Word and reflect on how He has been faithful in the past time and time again. He assures us that He limits our trials and enables us to triumphantly endure.
- Persevere. Never quit. Stay close to the Lord daily through His Word and prayer.
- Praise Him in the midst of pain. In all things give thanks. As impossible as it seems, it is absolutely true. You can be joyous in the midst of great trial.
- Always remember that the Lord is in charge. He is in charge of everything ... yes, our government and all governments. They are serving His divine purpose. Never forget that.
I wouldn't want to live in any other time than right NOW!