Living only for Today

About three years ago my parents and I went on an adventure. With all our family spilt between Oregon and Maine visits are few and very far between. And the couple of times we have visited, we drove. Oh, the adventures and stories I could tell.

But, three years ago we decided to do something adventurous, we were going to fly to Maine (my mom’s side of the family) and not tell my Grandma we were coming.

I remember sitting at the airport at 2:00 in the morning, writing everything that was happening in my journal. I knew that this adventure was going to be a one-time deal. Something that was not going to happen again for a very long time. From the moment I stepped into the airport, and we took off, to shocking my Grandma, I took every moment as it came. I wanted to take in everything and enjoy it, I lived in the moment.

Living in the moment is something we all struggle with, we are usually looking ahead, or thinking of the future, and often we forget to take in today.

We forget to live in the now, and in the present. My mind tends to race ahead and spin out of control with the thoughts of the future and the what-ifs.

When that happens, I need to reel my mind back in and tell myself to just stop! It is not necessary to know everything or constantly be looking ahead. It is not our place to know everything, that is God’s place, living for today is for us.

Yes, there are some things that we need to plan for, but we don’t need to know the outcome of every little thing…though I would like to!

A couple of weeks ago we had to wait for the results of something really important, and I had a “revelation”.   

Everything that happens in our life, has already been determined. Every decision, choice, result, word, has been decided by God. We can worry, overthink about a certain situation, but it will not change the result.

It still boggles my mind a little bit, knowing that whatever choice I may have to make has already been decided. God has every little detail of our life planned out, and all we have to do is seek His will and leave everything in His hands. And if we do that, we can live in the moment, and not worry about tomorrow.

Matthew 6:34 says

‘Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.’

Jesus Himself tells us not to worry about tomorrow. Live for today, in the moment, do not think about tomorrow or yesterday, just today.

But, how do we do that? How do we live in the moment? There are a couple of different ways, the first is to hold oneself accountable. When you feel your mind start to run ahead without you, first, reel it in with a question; is thinking about this certain thing going to accomplish anything? The answer is usually no; it will do absolutely nothing except add unnecessary worry to your life.

And second, think some “now” thoughts to help your mind get back to where it should be. Look out your window, what do you see? What do you have planned for dinner? Bring yourself back to the present with present thoughts.

Another way to live in the now is to notice the little things, and be thankful for them. Taking notice of the little things, and the things that make you happy, and enjoying them will cultivate more present thinking.

It doesn’t have to be major things, it could be eating ice cream, listening to music, watching a movie, or crafting. Whatever it is, focus on it and it will bring a present feeling of joy.

Enjoying the little things has been something I do often, I love finding joy in small things. Like sitting outside on a summer night, painting my toes, wearing flip-flops, and watching the rabbits play tag outside my window…at least that’s what I’m telling myself that’s what they were doing…we have so many rabbits…anyway!

You can’t enjoy the little things, or even notice them, if your mind is days ahead of you.

Spring and Summer are here, there are so many wonders and joys outside, God has created a beautiful time for us, and we can’t enjoy it if our head is down in a constant state of thoughts.  

Take a breath, look up, and enjoy life.

Not only doing this will bring your mind to a constant state of the present, but it will also make you appreciate the big things of life when they come.

Think about this…Today is the tomorrow, you worried about yesterday. Was it worth it?

Thank you for reading my ramblings today!

If you would like to read this weeks devotional ‘Overcomer’ click here!