I sit here tonight reflecting, as we all probably do in some form. There have been times this year that have been amazing and times that have been extremely hard.
What has your year been like? I’m guessing it’s been kind of the same-some great things and some not so great things-maybe some horrible things. At this time of year, it’s easy to focus on how to make next year better.
We begin to dream about what would make our life easier or happier or less chaotic or more fulfilled.
I guess it’s ok to dream but what would it look like if we focus on joy in the moment? Not joy for a year or even for week or a day, but for this moment. What would it look like to live in this moment?
Yes, it’s important to plan and to prepare and to look ahead. It’s also important to look back and reflect so that we know how to change, but we can’t change on our own. We’re not promised tomorrow or even the next moment.
So how will we live in joy in this moment?
What can you praise God for right now?
How are you living for Him right now?
What do your relationships look like in this moment?
Where do you see God at work in this moment?
How are you seeing Him work in your life or your friends’ lives or your family’s life right now?
Are your thoughts glorifying Him in this moment?
Do you have sin to confess right now?
What can you talk to God about in this moment? (maybe it’s the sadness or the fear or the sin…maybe it’s the gladness or the thankfulness. Whatever it is, He wants to know. He wants a relationship with us).
What choice can you make to live in joy right now?
(Yep, you’ll have to make another choice in the next moment…but let’s not worry about one yet:). God will be there meeting us in the next moment just as He is meeting us in this moment.
Happy New Year! Let’s commit to living in this moment this year.