The one question I get asked every day from my kids is, “What day is it?” I then enter “teaching mode” as I review the days of the week song with them, when it finally dawns on me that the real question my kids are asking is, “Is it tomorrow?” Each week they have certain events that they anticipate, and they will count down the days for that event day to arrive! For the most part, I don’t have a problem with this, because it usually works as leverage when my kids start misbehaving (don’t judge, you know you do it too) but, my kids tend to get their eyes so focused on “tomorrow” that they quickly become discontent with today.
I heard pastor Steven Furtick refer to tomorrow as being “sexy.” It sounds odd at first, but just think about it, tomorrow really is sexy. In our minds we can make tomorrow out to be so attractive and so appealing, because tomorrow can be whatever we want it to be.
Tomorrow is our perfect day! For some, tomorrow is the day you no longer have debt, or the day your kids grow up and move out, or when you marry that person you have dreamed about.
We can flirt with tomorrow and fantasize about tomorrow! After all, we aren’t committed to it. Tomorrow looks so exciting, intriguing, and mysterious… compared to the reality of today.
Tomorrow doesn’t have any flaws, wrinkles,worries, or problems …tomorrow is sexy!
But, tomorrow is also illusive and unknown, and focusing on it distorts our view of beautiful today. This distortion causes discontentment and disconnection. When we disconnect we let today slip away like sand through our fingers. We miss growing deeper in our relationships, we miss the beauty and blessings that are packed in each day — we miss out on life.
If we are honest with ourselves, I don’t believe any of us want to look back on our lives and say, “we missed out on the life that was right under our nose.”
In the 1902 book, Sun Dials and Roses of Yesterday: Garden Delights, Alice Morse Earle writes…
The clock is running. Make the most of today. Time waits for no man. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.
I don’t want to live another minute wasting my gift of today. If you are like me, you have to realize that something has got to change.
I am, by no means, a master at enjoying the gift of the present, but I would like to share with you some tools that I am using right now to help me fix my focus on today, rather than fantasizing about tomorrow. Let me also preface this list by saying, this is no magical formula, it just comes down to a conscious choice to not waste your day.
- Pray Psalms 39:4 over the day asking Holy Spirit to empower you to, “…know how fleeting my time on earth is. Help me know how limited is my life and that I’m only here but for a moment”
- Ask God to give you the eyes to see today from His perspective and not yours and to remove the blinders of discontentment
- Ask God to conform your values to His value for people
- Stop turning mole hills into mountains, ask God to help you keep the little things little and magnify the things that He says are worthy of your attention.
Don’t let another day get robbed from you, enjoy your gift, savor every moment of it.
Until next time, be blessed…