We have been given this moment right here, right where we are. We have these people right around us, wherever we may be. We are in this place and we’re wearing these pants and yet…
Yet we’re probably not thinking about any of these right now things. We’re probably focused on the to do list on our counter and the looming holidays and the weird noise the van makes and we’re worried about the braces the kid needs before this spring.
We’re missing right now because our brains are already piling up problems that aren’t even here yet. We’re stacking them like a city of those cardboard bricks kids use in preschools– those bricks that come flopping down at the smallest toddler tornado.
Apparently this in not a new phenomena, because Jesus had to address it two thousand years ago. Ancient people were worriers, too.
“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries.
Today’s trouble is enough for today. (Matthew 6:31-34, NLT)
I need to look around right now. I need to notice who’s in the room with me. How can I love them like a member of the Kingdom of Heaven should love them? I might not even know what that means, but maybe I can figure it out, one person at a time.
I need to think through my day– but just today. How can I bring glory to God through my stuff before I go to bed? Maybe I need to do all the same stuff as usual, but add a little bit of prayer, thankfulness, or joy into the usual routine.
I have a feeling that if I look at who and what is in front of me right this very moment, God has already supplied me with enough grace to do it well.
And I think he’s ready to supply you, as well.