2003-10-17 - Present Tense
Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 (NIV) I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil-this is the gift of God.
"I will go out more when I lose a few pounds." "I will be happy when I earn just a little more money." "When I get that job I want, life will be good." When I meet that special someone, I can really live." "When company comes, I will decorate or use those special dishes."
Do you find yourself putting life on hold "till this or that happens?" If so, you are missing the blessings God has for us today. Ask someone who is in the terminal stages of cancer, or whose daughter was murdered - you never know if you are going to have "tomorrow." Each day is a gift to be savored.
We should live less in the future tense, and more in the present tense. Of course, I'm not recommending a hedonistic life, but sometimes we forget that while we use them for good, God does want us to enjoy His gifts - whether they be relationships, experiences or material blessings.
It's wise to prepare for the future, and there is nothing wrong with dreaming, and working to make those dreams come true. But we shouldn't put off enjoying life. Wear that special dress. Use the "company" dishes for a special meal with your family. Enjoy every minute of your life.