I often write about what, or more specifically, who we should always be living for. The answer to that question, reduced to its bare essence is Jesus Christ. He is the One who gave us life to live, He is the One who makes life worth living, and thus we should always make sure our lives are being fully surrendered to Him.
With Christmas having been here and gone at an unnatural speed, 2009 now being upon us, and moments still slipping through my fingers at every turn, another question has been wearing on my mind—which time of my life should I be living for?—the past, the present, the future, or a combination?
I think it’s probably a fairly simple fact that though we should learn from the past and grow from its experiences, we shouldn’t live in the past. If we lived in the past, we would find ourselves constantly convoluting our present lives and futures. Our past mistakes will eat away at our sanity if we constantly dwell on them, and our past victories will eventually fade away under the shadow of the life of unawareness we have created since. Yes…we have the past as a precedent for our commencing futures, but to live in the past is both impractical and destructive.
The line that separates the present from the future isn’t defined—the two almost meld together. In my opinion, they must always be taken as one or we risk giving ourselves the opportunity to place our own line between them. If we lose sight of future consequences or favorable results of our actions, then our current decisions will be unstudied and could wreak havoc. Conversely, if we spend so much time planning for the future that we are blinded to the present, then before we know it we’ll be in that future—but instead of the perfectly orchestrated and carefree paradise we expect to find, we’ll be presented with an utterly twisted and worthless mess that is the result of an unspent life.
Melding today and tomorrow in my mind is a constant struggle. I often get caught up in the present—I place too much importance on my current happiness and forget what the results, good or bad, of my actions may be. I disappear into dreams of the future—I give up the moments that I should be cherishing now and decide that what is to come is more important. Neither of these is right, and I have been praying that God will help me to create the balance between the two that is needed to create a healthy, satisfying, and righteous life.
If we blend this concept with the fact that we must always be sold out to Christ and have Him at the center of our focus at all times, we find something absolutely perfect—like pieces of a puzzle, they fit together flawlessly. Our Father has the ultimate outlook on life—when I learn to trade my bleeding sight with His crystal clear vision I will find the perspective I need to live a balanced life—learning from the past, cherishing the present, and being ever mindful of the future.