"Donde vive usted?" This is one of the first phrases that I learned in Mr. Garza's 6th grade Spanish class over 40 years ago. Translated to English it simply asks the question "Where do you live?" Easy enough for most of us as we would answer with our street address or city of residence. But what if the question was directed at a specific time- past, present, or future? Do you "vive" in the past - dwelling on past triumphs or failures? Do you have regrets? Do you ever wish you could go back and fix things by making different choices? What about the future? Are you fearful of what the future might bring? Do you worry about what kind of world your children will inherit? These are valid questions because most of us would have to answer yes to all of them. I believe that we all realize and regret the mistakes that we have made in the past and undoubtably must harbor some apprehension for the future, but do these thoughts control how we live out our lives in the present? Someone once said that it was okay to look back into the past, just don't live there. Nothing could be more true. Learning from the past is good, but trying to relive it over and over is not. Likewise, concern for the future is good but obsessive worry is not. We need to learn to live in the present. Living anywhere else but the present shows a lack of faith in God and His ability to redeem us or care for us. The present is where God works 'in us' and 'through us'. Let's train ourselves to live in the "now" and enjoy all that God has for us there. It truly is the best place to live.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Phil 4:6,7
Pastor Frank Dodson