When we think about our ideal futures, it will always be one closely associated with peace and an ideal well-being. Oftentimes, we get so caught up in the idea of attaining the ideal future we’ve created for ourselves that it becomes so easy for us to get easily discouraged when the Lord throws a hardball our way.
We often hear people talking about living in the moment or saying, “you only live once” or “seize the day”, that we forget the Lords plans for us in our lives. Jeremiah 29:11 says, For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
But, what are these plans, exactly?
God wants us to create our own plans in His likeness. There is nothing wrong with mapping out our ideal futures. However, we cannot simply plan our futures without thinking about the present moment. When we program ourselves to simply aim for the future without living in the today- we are missing out on opportunities to reach our end goal.
A person driving a car on autopilot will simply forget about how they got there but a person who is living consciously remembers the journey and is able to appreciate the destination hundredfold.
Are we living like this?
Mindfulness is an ability that we Christians need to practice in our lives because the truth is, we can only experience emotions in the present because this is the only time we are actually in. There is no point in worrying about a future that we do not know of especially when we are not striving to achieve the kind that we want. Sometimes, we tend to dwell on the mistakes of our past, as if staying there could make a difference in our present lives. We ask God why He allowed these things to happen to us without realizing that we should focus on making ourselves better today.
Nothing in our lives happens without God and everything has its own purpose for happening. We might not know the reasons now but when we trust in God, He will make His plans clear to us in His own amazing time!
When in doubt, remember- Ecclesiastes 3:1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.