Live in the Moment

By: Harvey Hook

One of my greatest challenges in life is to live in the moment.  To live in the now, free of past regrets, unencumbered by tomorrow’s worry, is a difficult path to find, let alone walk.

My friend, and local Vistage Chairman, Perry Maughmer, recently posted the following on Instagram: “If you don’t have time to live your life now, when do you?”  What was the source of this provocative statement: a fortune cookie. It hits home, doesn’t it?  Thank you, Perry.

In Matthew 5:3, Jesus says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.”

  • Blessed – A permanent state of intense happiness, regardless of circumstances. A state of mind, a state of being, a state of reality; the moment by moment experience of God.
  • Poor in spirit – Humble, dependent, obedient, secure, strong. Free of self, yet full of the self we were created to be.
  • Kingdom of Heaven – The all, the everything, the here, the now, the hereafter, the already and the not yet, God gives.

Jesus is not shy in telling you and me, the gateway to freedom is discovered by pursuing the more difficult way. In Matthew 7:14, He says, “It is the small gate and narrow road, that leads to life.” Freedom is living intensely in the present (with no past regrets or future cares).  How do we get on that road?  Obedience.  Obedience can only ever be expressed in the here and now.

Oswald Chambers writes: “Jesus did not come to teach only, He came to make me what He teaches I should be.”  We become that person by following His example.  By action, not mental assent; by expression, not discussion. We live by faith only by acting in faith.  Acting in faith is, obedience. It is in the doing of what we say we believe (and a lot of times, that is really hard stuff!), that we are free, and only then do we live in the moment.

In Luke 9:60 and following, Jesus uses just three words to sum up His discourse on living in the present: “Go and do.”  Go, and do what?  Someone once said – go and do the next thing you know you ought to do.

One of the next things we can do, is think of others first.  Philippians 2, chronicles what is looks like to imitate Christ.  Relā is committed to this truth: “In humility, value others first, not looking to your own interests, but each of you to the interests of others.” – Phil. 2:3-4.

I’m most fully alive, when I give myself away to another, and I believe you are as well.  Maybe if you and I begin there, with just that one thing, the narrow road may get a little wider, and we may find ourselves far more comfortable on it, than ever before.

And as far as Yesterday and Tomorrow goes…….

Live in the Moment

Stop regretting yesterday, stop fearing tomorrow
Stop living for success, there is no need to measure up
Live, love, live in the moment
Live for Me, let Me live through you

Touch the lonely, touch the hurting
Give yourself away, there is no need to consider self
Experience My presence, let everything go
Forgive, forget, love, live

Live today, Live in the now, Live in the moment

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