For the past few years, I have spent a great deal of my time looking back on choices and decisions I have made. Some of my choices were not very wise and not in my best interest. I can’t change the past but I can do something about my future.
Seldom do we evaluate our values or question our perceptions until we have a crisis. When we find ourselves in deep pain, we begin to examine what we’re basing our lives upon. Sometimes it’s materialism, feeling good, or looking good, and then we realize there has to be more.
That’s why it’s so important that we ask ourselves — before we’re in pain — what’s going to last?
We are encouraged by society to do just the opposite. Our society values the here and now. Tomorrow or next year doesn’t matter. The future doesn’t matter. Live for today.
However, the Bible says something different in 1 John 2:17: “The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever” (NIV).
When we’re tempted, it isn’t just a battle between good and bad or what’s best and what’s not best. Temptation is always a battle between now or later. Do I do what God says and enjoy the benefits later, or do I do what I want and enjoy the benefits now?
The Bible says to “fix our attention, not on things that are seen, but on things that are unseen. What can be seen lasts only for a time, but what cannot be seen lasts forever” (2 Corinthians 4:18 GNT).
Dear Jesus, show us that You SEE. You see every little worry (and every big one). Please shed light on the next step in the journey and give us the wherewithal and grit to take that next step. Renew that broken-beyond-repair relationship. Give energy when we want to give up. Support us and make us brave when we face difficult but correct decisions. Go before us. Walk alongside us. Remind us that You hold everything together–even reputations. Forgive us for giving into fear, for wallowing in worry. Instead, Jesus, please please help us to simply trust You today. Oh how we need Your touch today. Please bring it in surprising, outlandish, beautiful ways. Oh how we love You. AMEN.