The other night we were watching a documentary on TV and the man made a profound statement. In reference to his terrible childhood, he said: “You can’t live in two places at the same time.” Wow! I mean, that’s so true. You can’t be living in the present if you are still living in the past. You can’t be living in the present if you are worrying about the future.
Living in the present. Enjoying the gift of the present …
So much of the time, we waste precious minutes, rehashing the past. When, in truth, the past is the past. It’s the present..the here and now… that we must focus on. When the present is gone, all that is left is the memories or the lack of memories.
Do you want to waste the here and now? No, I don’t mean that the past isn’t special or worth remembering. What I am talking about is the past mistakes, past heartaches, past hurts, and all of the things in your past that makes you hurt inside. Learn your lessons, ask for forgiveness, live a life pleasing to God, and then live in the present.
If we are constantly living in fear of the future or controlled by the past, it just isn’t possible to be living..really LIVING in the PRESENT.
In Philippians 3:13, God’s Word clearly says “forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.” Meaning to leave the past in the past & live in the present in obedience to God. I asked my oldest daughter what this verse meant to her, just to get her opinion. She said: ” What’s done is done..leave that behind..put the past in the past and move on in life to face goals and challenges in life.” I think she’s dead on. Because in Philippians 4:14, it goes on to say “press on towards the goal”.. meaning to strive to live a life that is pleasing to God.
God’s Word tells us these truths about living in the past, present and future:
Isaiah 43:18 (NIV)~ Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past
PRESENT & FUTURE
Colossians 3:23 ~ Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men
PRESENT & FUTURE
1 Thessalonians 4:7 ~ For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.
I have to ask.. and I ask myself as well, Are you/Am I trying to live in two or even three places at the same time?
We can’t do it. It’s not possible to truly be present in more than one
place at a time. We have to stop dwelling in the past, as His Word commands in Isaiah 43:18.
Blessings to you all!
Until Next Time,