Don’t Miss Today for Yesterday
Can you believe it is 2015?! I mean, movies were made about living in the far-away, future year of 2015! Before we know it we are going to be living in the 2020’s! I catch myself every year right before New Year, and even a couple weeks in–basically, every time I write down the date–thinking about the year prior. I normally don’t even stop with just the year prior. I begin to reminisce on various New Year’s Eve countdowns, and that leads to a labyrinth of rabbit holes that I wander through, thinking of the “good old years.” It’s a little ironic, since it’s not like I can go back very many decades, being the ripe age of 27; but I do find myself reliving a little of the past. This can be a problem, though. Have you ever found yourself so caught up with the past that you struggle to live in the present?
If you have ever experienced a relocation–maybe for a job, family member, change in life situation or relationship status, etc.–you’ve probably caught yourself comparing/contrasting the locations, people, jobs, or weather, and if you are not careful, you can snap out of your brief trance in a bad mood. These trips down memory lane were never so frequent as when I first moved back to America. I had flown from the crowded, muggy, never-sleeping, big city of Bangkok, Thailand. The population of 11 million people alone will stagger the average American. The number of years that had elapsed since my last trip to the States was 6. I had gotten my driver’s permit the last time back, and now I was a grad student. Needless to say, the adjustment to the light traffic, greasy food, super cold winters, and 180k population of Springfield, Missouri, was difficult at times (there was that one time during my driver’s test that I pulled out onto the left side of the road…).*
The truth is, if we haven’t already, most of us (millennials in particular) are going to experience multiple transitions in life. We are going to move, change jobs, make friends, lose friends, achieve success, fall flat on our faces, and at some point sit down and begin to think back to “better” days. And when you do sit down, I hope you consider this: Our life is a gift. God has allowed us to borrow a rare and ever-fluctuating commodity, time. When you die you will not live within the restraints of time. So, before you struggle to live in the present, remember, it will be gone before you know it. We need to learn from the past, but not live in the past. God has placed people in your life that you can affect today. Don’t miss them because of being caught up with yesterday!
The year 2015 could be the best year of your life. I pray you (and I) will choose to live in the present, and make the most of the time God gives us!
“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;”
If you’ve struggled with living in the past, what has helped you to overcome it and live in the present?
*I didn’t pass that driving exam that time, just in case you are wondering. 🙂