While Pastor Rick is on study leave, our guest blogger this week is Fred Meadows, Worship & Production Team Leader at East 91st Street Christian Church.
As long as I can remember, I have always thought about my future. I don’t mean that I have just given thought to it, but I have seriously pondered my future. Okay, I have even worried and probably obsessed over my future. There, I said it. I remember as a third grader thinking about what life would be when I turned 30. Would there still be a world then? Would Jesus have already come back? Will I miss out on marriage, kids, and owning a home? Would I even survive the third grade? Yikes!
Well, guess what? I did turn 30 (a few years ago), have been married for 31 years, and have two wonderful adult children. Jesus hasn’t come back yet. I did survive the third grade, junior high, high school, college, and grad school. Recently, I have had to take note of the amount of time and energy I find myself, again, worrying and thinking about the future, to the point that I wonder if I often miss the enjoyment of the present moment.
Jean-Pierre de Caussade, a French Christ-follower of the 1700’s, writes that we literally need to abandon ourselves to God on a daily basis and discover the grace He has for us each new day. He indicates that each day is a moment to draw close to God, to seek His face, and to receive the grace that will diminish our own self-pride and ego. In the process, we focus on the present moment rather than worrying about the future. He calls it, the “sacrament of the present moment.”
Abandoning myself to God’s present moment is a conscious decision I have to make every day. I don’t have to face my future with anxiety, but with great anticipation, knowing that God is at work in my present and in my future.
Another wise Teacher once said, “… do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6 portions)
Jesus tells us that it is counter-productive and really unnecessary to worry about the future. The great promise is that when we seek His kingdom, then everything in our lives will align properly in our world and there is no need to worry about the future. Let’s today, enjoy the gift of the present moment.