All my life, I have been the one who always looks to what’s next. While in high school, I was looking towards college. While in college, I looked towards graduation, then graduate school, then the next thing, etc.
Matthew 6:25-34 is one of the most difficult passages for me to live out in my life. Even today, I find myself looking towards the future while trying to live in the moment. Luckily, I have something that makes me want to live in the now. Children grow and both the joys and the hardships of early parenthood will eventually pass. Some things I am willing to give up, like sleepless nights, temper tantrums, and, of course, diapers. But, I work hard to live in the now for the feeling of opening the door to my son’s preschool classroom. I know no matter what else is happening at that moment, my son will drop everything and run to me with arms stretched out saying “Daddy.”
The feeling I have at that moment is one I could live in forever and it makes living in the now a little bit easier.
Loving God, Help me to look around me and see the gifts you are bestowing now. Amen.