Posted by: SandreS | October 10, 2011

Real Life

Do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of. — Benjamin Franklin

Real life takes place every day, in every circumstance. Sometimes we can get caught up it in the postponing of living. We end up wishing our lives away, thinking that we will really start living come Friday, come payday, when we start our new job, when we get married, when our kids are grown, when we retire.

Life is such a wonderful gift, directly from the hand of Father. Each day is a manifest token and precious expression of His sheer goodness to us. We honor Him by living out this gift to its fullest.

Granted, life is filled with troubles; yet as we handle their details, let’s not fret, but rejoice that we are alive to do so, for life is filled abundantly with more than just trouble. Stand in wonder and amazement at the fresh handiwork of God that is all around us. It is there for the watchful eye.

The Lord’s mercies … are new every morning: great is Your faithfulness (Lamentations 3:22-23).

The goodness of God continually endures (Psalm 52:1).

Live in the day!  Enjoy life in each of its moments. Don’t live in the past, or in the future. Today is God’s gift to you – the present.

Many days from our past may call for us to live in them – with their failures and regrets. “What if I had made a different choice?” “What if I hadn’t moved?”  “What if I had taken that job?”  What if …?” By giving ourselves over to these “What ifs,” we waste and lose our precious life now – the present.

Then there are our imagined days of the future – how they beckon to us to give them our attention, with all of their fears and anxieties regarding the unknown. “What if I lose my health?” “What if the stock market falls?” “What if my spouse dies?” “What if …?” Don’t lose the present on your runaway train of imagined scenarios about the future. These endless “possibilities” that your mind can conjure will only rob you of the real life that God has given you today.

Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient for the day is the evil thereof (Matthew 6:34).

Let’s not allow our “What if …” imaginations of our past or future to lay claim to our present from God. Allow God to transform our mind, casting down our “imaginations.”

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ (II Corinthians 10:5).

How can we not praise and magnify our good and gracious Creator every new day? How can we not do so from hearts filled with the joy of His life? How can we who know Him be genuinely tempted to murmur and complain, to fret and fuss? We are alive! – and not just alive, but alive with His very life!

For in Him we live, and move, and have our being (Acts 17:28).

Live. Live every day. Live in the moment.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.

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