It seems that most of us tend to be either pessimists or optimists in our outlook on life. The pessimists get drawn away from living in the now to think about what awful things might happen and the optimists are drawn away by all of the wonderful possibilities that could be around the corner. Both of them, it seems, can have the same issue just under the surface. Isn’t it true that the only gifts we truly experience are the gifts in the moment? If we get so addicted to either our fears or our hopes, we can miss the moment.
I was sitting at a coffee shop talking to a pastor friend the other day and we began to talk about both problems and opportunities for the church. It took us a while before we became aware that all we have is now – to work with what we have right now and do our best in this moment to make a difference.
“What day is it?” asked Pooh.
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favorite day,” said Pooh.”
Psalm 118:24 This day belongs to the Lord! Let’s celebrate and be glad today. (Contemporary English Version)