Sunday, July 2, 2017

God never designed us to know the future

We keep hearing the struggle of being 'present'. 
Well, it is actually that...a present.  A GIFT! 
To be opened and enjoyed today.  Yet too often we leave the present wrapped up sitting on a shelf while we get entangled in worrying and wondering about tomorrow.  The future.

The funny thing about the future is...God never designed us to know it!  So in fact, it's really not our business worrying about it.  A bit harsh?  I know, I know...we should be responsible citizens and plan for the future and not be clueless and have all our ducks in a row so we have our retirement all taken care of so it will one day take care of us. Heavy sigh.  (And yes the run on sentence was intended to empasize that whole blah, blah, blah notion.)   But is that where our faith should lie?  In our comfy little nest egg?  God is the ONE who will ultimately take care of us, not our bank account.  You'll never hear Bank of America say, "Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest!"  (They'll just send you an overdraft charge for your burden.)  Thanks B of A!

James 4:13-15 says this, "And now I have a word for you who brashly announce, 'Today -- at the latest tomorrow -- we're off to such and such city for the year.  We're going to start a business and make a lot of money.'  You don't know the first thing about tomorrow.  You're nothing but a wisp of fog catching a brief bit of sunshine before disappearing.  Instead, make it a habit to say, 'If the Master wills it and we're still alive, we'll do this or that.' "

You thought I was harsh.

Ultimately we are citizens of Heaven, and the investments He is most concerned about are people.  He wants us investing in the people around us.  Primarily our family who get a front row seat to watching us live out our crazy -- umm, I mean our faith ;)  It's a Mission Field not in a foreign country but often on foreign soil when it comes to all the changes our kids can go through.  We often need a translator.  KPC.  (Keeping Parents Clueless) LOL

We spend much of our days, and likely our late nights wringing our hands and tossing and turning about the future.  I think it's no accident.  If the enemy can distract us about the 'what if's' and get us devoting such mental energy to figuring it all out, then we miss what God is doing right now.  We didn't even see it.  We got too busy with our telescope that we looked past what was directly in front of us.  Then days turn into years and we look back and wonder where it went.

Uhhh, so confession...I'm kinda guilty of all of the above.  I mean, compared to who, right?!  I know a lot of people who flip out over the small things and have no peace in their life.  They'd say I was mellow in comparison and can withstand a lot and just have faith that things will work out.  But at the end of the day, that's not relevant.  It's not about on a scale of 1-10 how am I compared to others.  It's about His standard.  And if He says worry is a sin...that means even teensy tinsy worries.  Not just the BIG ones.  Dontcha just love how He gives us so many things we CAN worry about.  (eye roll)
He gives us lots of practice.  We get to take the test again.  He's the God of the do over.

So how are you mastering the art of staying present in your today's?  Any helpful tips you can pass on to a sister trying to raise the bar in that area?