Past, Present, Future

 

Today I want to share some thoughts I've been mulling over. The title pretty much gives them away; but I don't want basic thinking. We all know what the past, present and future means in general text book form. And we all have a past, present and future. 

 

Recently a friend shared a very insightful video on living in the Now. Even though the speaker was part of the Enlightenment Movement, I was able to look past that and relate his words to what the Bible says. There was heavy focus on accepting the past, present and future as the now. 

 

I am not bringing this part up for debatable reasons. It's just important for you to know where these thoughts bloomed from. Since watching this video I've looked at life a bit differently as I found a substantial amount of truth in what the person was saying. 

 

I'd like to look at this topic through a sinners eyes. 

 

It's safe to say that we all deal with sin. If you don't believe in sin then feel free to replace it with whatever word you would use for wrong doing. Immoral actions, etc. Some of those things we do really hurt us overall. Sometimes they are baby wrongs that build up or consume us. Either way, they leave an impact. And when they get ugly we are forced to examine ourselves (at some point). 

 

We all walk a path. Each decision we make either makes that way easier or harder. 

 

When it gets really tough we tend to stand still. In the NOW. And while frozen to our reality we turn our heads in each mentioned direction. We see the past events that have led up to this moment. We see the moment in our reality. And we wonder what the moment will do to our future. And so CHOICE presents itself. 

 

This leads me to what My still soft voice has been so graciously communicating to me. A particular verse comes to mind when I think about this topic. 

 

Matthew 6:34A

 

34 "Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself ..."

 

The past, present and future are inevitable. But what is important is right now. The past is packed with beautiful and terrible choices. As flesh we tend to focus on the terrible ones. Naturally. But the past is just that - PAST. What I have found to be important in looking to the past, is allowing it to remind you of what happens in both the good and bad choices. I do not believe our Creator wants us to wallow in our mistakes, especially if you have sought His forgiveness. So I would encourage anyone currently looking in this direction to forgive yourself and your past - and let those memories build you up. If they continue to tear you down, then you haven't forgiven. We can do NOTHING to change our past. 

 

As for the future, don't spend so much time focusing on it that you forget to be present. God so clearly advises us to take no thought for even tomorrow. I believe He is reminding us in this verse that we are to be - today. That doesn't mean we shouldn't prepare for common place events in life. I find it to be similar to worry - to be honest. He is graciously reminding us that tomorrow will realistically be anything BUT what we plan, in most cases. I can personally say that I am often guilty of planning so much for the future that it can take away time from those I love. If we stay turned toward tomorrow, we have already forgotten our present. Maybe not completely - but we're not present in those moments. And as far as 'sin' goes. We tend to assume our consequences. All throughout the Bible there are different examples of the consequences of sin. There is one verse that pretty much compiles it into a general spanking.

 

I decided to include the ENTIRE verse for those who like to argue that I as a believer I am judging them. Just want to clarify, I sin too. We die because of our sin nature. But when we die we find perfection in Christ through eternal life. 

 

Romans 6:23 - For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Don't let your bad decisions create so much worry within you that you assume your future. Don't let them consume you. If I let every bad choice I made sit heavy on my conscious, I would go insane imagining the end result. The future is a beautiful hope but it is not guaranteed. Don't live in it. 

 

I've heard it said many times, in a sarcastic way, that the present is our present. I truly believe that if you woke up today, God has a specific plan for you. He needs you for a purpose TODAY. Right now we have the choice to do good. To be love. To shine our Lights. To inspire. To encourage. To build others up. To right our wrongs. To live. To worship our Creator. The past and future don't matter in the NOW. What matters is what we decide to do next.

 

This thought really encouraged me spiritually. 

 

Please know if you are reading this and dealing with something that you are NOT alone. I told a close friend recently to look at the people in their life and lean on the ones that are love to them. That is why LOVE is so great. God gave us a piece of Him to share with the world. Immerse yourself in his Grace. Surround yourself with people who love Him. And let His love impact your life. 

 

Below is a song by Brit Nicole called 'After You'. I encourage you to listen to it. 

Brit Nicole: After You

 

I'll be honest with all that I've been through
I've been runnin' after everything but you
And I'll be honest
Nothing satisfies
Like the love I find inside your eyes

There's nothing sweeter than your love
It's all I want, it's all I need
There's nothing sweeter than your love
You gave it all, poured out for me

So I'm not after the world
I'm after you
So I'm not after the world
I'm after you

You were watching
Waiting all this time
While I was searching for something in this life
But there's nothing here that I could find
Like the love I find inside your eyes

Cause nothing's sweeter than your love
It's all I want, it's all I need
There's nothing sweeter than your love
You gave it all, poured out for me

So I'm not after the world
I'm after you
So I'm not after the world
I'm after you
I'm not runnin' after the world
I'm runnin' after you
So I'm not after the world
I'm only after you

Nothing's sweeter than your love
It's all I want, it's all I need
There's nothing sweeter than your love
You gave it all, poured out for me

Cause nothing's sweeter than your love
It's all I want, it's all I need
There's nothing sweeter than your love
You gave it all, poured out for me

So I'm not after the world
I'm not after the world
I'm after you
So I'm not after the world
I'm not after the world
I'm after you

 

Be Love.