What are you planning for today? Life without a plan is hardly living. Today is the present. It is really all we have. The past is gone and the future is nowhere promised to us. If we lose today due to not living productively it just all falls into a segment of our lives called the past.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I am grateful for the past. It was in the past that I met Jesus and found focus for my life. It was in the past that I also met Barbara and together we had children in the past, who in turn had their own children in the past. As a result of all that having children we have a family in the present. Therefore, the past must therefore be important.
But, as important as the past is it really no longer exists. It is truly past. Then, there is the future. What can I do with it? It’s not here yet. And, when it does get here it will soon be the present and then the past. Boy, there seems to be no end to it all. I guess we should reread the first few chapters of Ecclesiastes.
So, what about those many who have suffered a rotten past which plays such an important role in their present? Child abuse, sex abuse, grief, heartbreak, anger, resentment, guilt, shame, and on & on. A week does not go by that someone does not come in suffering from one or more of the above. Perhaps because of the fear of who knows what, they shrink back from help they could receive right here. Help for these issues is available.
Then there are those who fear the future and, on the other hand, those who look forward to the future for the answers to the unhappiness, emptiness, and pain that plagues them now.
So, I come back to the present. Please, use the present—use today—to reach inside yourself, seek to resolve unpleasant issues from the past and fear of the future. We are here to help and if we can’t get it done for you (with God’s help) we can most likely find someone who can help you. Let us hear from you. Call or write: firstname.lastname@example.org. hdurham