Why Living in the Present is Powerful

Imagine you were given the opportunity to learn and improve like never before, to make an impact in the lives of others, and to witness the life changing breakthroughs that come from knowing Christ. Would you trade this opportunity for anything?

Never forget that you are offered this opportunity every day.

Through all the stressors of life, take a moment to be still. I can never get over how crazy it is that the present is now. God has given us life and life to the fullest, right now. And with that realization comes so much gratitude and joy.

Why is the present powerful? Below are three reasons that prove the significance of the present.

Life Has Brevity

Life is so short. In Psalms 144, the psalmist states that our life is but a breath. The book of Ecclesiastes is also a brilliant place to look when studying morality and life. It teaches on the importance of making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

We spend so much time worrying about the past or thinking about the future, when the only time to learn, to grow, and to live, is now. Psalm 90:12 says, “teach us to number our days.” This is a great reminder to not take any day for granted.

Rarely has someone looked back on their life and said, “I wish I would have worried more.” What people are more likely to regret is that they weren’t fully present when an opportunity arose. I am more likely to regret the opportunities I didn’t take, than the ones I did.

Every Moment is New

So often, we let our previous moments dictate how our next moment will be. I think we forget that each moment is new and that the moment before doesn’t have to determine how the next moment will play out. Of course, the previous moment impacts the current and future moments to an extent, but that doesn’t mean the future is set in stone.

For example, if you are in a negative mood, each second that goes by gives you an opportunity to take full advantage of the next moment and change your attitude. Without realizing this, you could spend the whole day feeling down.

Or let’s say you are angry with a friend, why not take a moment to stop and reflect, and then respond out of generosity and kindness instead of anger and bitterness? Your previous moment doesn’t have to dictate your current moment.

The Opportunities are Limitless

Your whole life is ahead of you and the possibilities are limitless; it is never too late to make a change or turn around. No matter how old you are, there is always space for grace. Every day is a new opportunity to fully take advantage of life.

Lamentations 3:22-23 is so encouraging and speaks well to this subject. It says, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” This does not license us to sin or disobey God’s commandments knowing that we will be forgiven (1 John 3:9, 1 John 2:4-5), but there is so much hope in the realization that each day God’s mercies are new.

Final Thoughts

The value of being present in the moment comes with the realization of life’s brevity. Instead of filling your mind’s time with the past or future, focus on being fully present. The Bible teaches us to number our days and make the most of the time God has given us.

Your previous moment doesn’t have to dictate your next moment. Each moment is new. Each moment is an opportunity to respond in a new way.

Remember the grace and new beginnings that Christ offers. Respond boldly to the faithfulness of God.

For Reflection

How has living in the present been powerful in your life?

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