“Now is the accepted time, not tomorrow, not some more convenient season. It is today that our best work can be done and not some future day or future year. It is today that we fit ourselves for the greater usefulness of tomorrow. Today is the seed time, now are the hours of work, and tomorrow comes the harvest and the playtime.” – W.E.B. Du Bois, from Three African-American Classics
Hi, friends! I’m back. Sorry for the unexplained absence. Life took a turn for the crazy–and busy. Good intentions had to take a back seat to multiple and immediate priorities with family and vocation. Thankfully, my world has stopped spinning at such a dizzying pace.
The hectic pace at which I’ve been moving lately got me thinking about the value of the moment. Too often we live in the past, filling our heads with the mantras “I could have. . . ” or “I wish I had . . . ” While there may be truth to our thoughts, the past cannot be reclaimed. Better to glean what you can from those past places and experiences, acknowledge the feelings that are stirring in you, let them go, and move on.
Just don’t fast forward into the future too far. You can plan, you can hope, and you can dream, but the future is not yet yours to have. How many times have you made plans only to have them blow up in your face or fritter away as the future becomes present and past? How often have you said, “I’ll do this tomorrow” or “I’ll think about this when (fill in the blank) happens,” or “I want to do (fill in the blank), but I can’t because . . .”?
The great American novel won’t get written if you don’t begin. Your debts will not disappear if you don’t begin today to put a plan in action. Your children won’t be with you forever. Your relationships need tending now. The only moment you really have control over is the present one.
Take this present moment, this one hour, this precious day and spend it wisely. Banish regrets, work toward the future, but live in the now. Only by doing this will you be a wise steward of your time, talent, and treasure.
Oh, and don’t forget to give thanks for each precious moment. All we have is a gift of the gracious Creator. What a blessing!
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