Live in the Present

Thought For the Day:

Learn to live in the present moment.

Memory Verse:

"Do not worry about tomorrow." (Matt. 6:32)

Challenge:  People who are anxious or depressed often live the greater part of each day either thinking about the past or worrying about the future.  Abandon your will to God's will and learn to live in the present.

Prayer:

                It's morning Lord, and once again I haven’t rested.  Even before I open my eyes, my mind has started to wander far back into the shadows of a haunting past, or far ahead into the dread of an imagined future. It seems so hard to control of my thoughts; to focus on today, and now.

                As I lie here Lord, awaiting the first light of dawn, I pray that you will still my troubled mind; that you will free me from the intoxicating drugs of fear and sadness that threaten to dull my senses once again;  that today will be different; that I will be fully born, and fully awake.  

                Precious Savior, show me how to live one day at a time.  Pull down the curtain on yesterday and tomorrow and teach me the secret of living in day-tight compartments.  If my mind starts to drift into the past or the future, gently nudge me back to the here and now.  Awaken me to the present moment, and bring me back to my senses. 

                Open my eyes, and help me to take time to see, really see, the beautiful world around me.  Revive my sense of smell, and help me to detect the sweet aromas that lie hidden within each breath I take.  Sensitize my skin, and help me to feel and touch the many textures of your precious world.  Open my ears, and help me to hear the lovely sounds and songs that play softly behind the loud noise and clamor of life.

                My time is short, and I cannot afford the luxury of wasting another day, another precious second.  I have spent far too long in the past and the future, and I have often missed the best each moment offered.

                As I arise to greet the day, teach me that the real secret of living in the present is to simply make my will, your will.  Help me to trust you completely, without hesitation, and without the slightest worry of how things might turn out. 

                Show me how to abandon myself to you, dear God.  Grant me the excitement and the sense of great expectation that comes with living moment by moment in your will--riding on the edge of time, and experiencing a glimpse of eternity.