Day 18 Be Intentional – The Present

I was reading an article by Helen Mallicent that said the following…

“I was regretting the past and fearing the future.  Suddenly my Lord was speaking. My name is I AM. He paused, I waited. He continued. When you live in the past with its mistakes and regrets it is hard. I AM not there. My name is not I was. When you live in the future with its problems and fears, it is hard. I AM not there. My name is not I will be. When you live in this moment it is not hard. I AM here. My name is—I AM.”

I think about how often my thoughts are either in the past or the future and it makes me realize how much time and energy I waste. I need to be intentional in living in the present moment.
“Even though we think of our goals as some future state to achieve, the real goal is always the life of this moment, this moment, this moment.”  ~ Charlotte Beck
Living in the moment is living in today, and not allowing yesterday or tomorrow to rob us of today’s joys. So often we are living in yesterday or tomorrow. That is exactly what Jesus taught us not to do.
Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
When you are feeling anxious, be intentional in bringing your mind back to the present, it is there that you will find God. It is there that you will find His peace.
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