Simple Living: Living in the Moment

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Forever is composed of nows.”
–Emily Dickinson

For those of us who believe in Jesus, we sort of know what kind of “Christians” we are expected to be. It’s taught to us on Sundays. We read about it in the Bible. We discuss it with other Christians. We have a good idea what a believer in Jesus should be and how a believer in Jesus should act. I don’t know about you, but sometimes for me, becoming the kind of Christian that God expects me to be feels like a distant dream. It’s something that I hope to achieve. But it’s something that I hope to achieve sometime in the future.

I want to be faithful to God.
I want to serve God in sacrificial ways.
I want to obey His commands.
I want to live for Jesus.
I want to have a vibrant relationship with God.

They feel like something that I’ll eventually accomplish in the distant future rather than something that I can be or do now. And because I get so caught up in looking at my future self, I get bogged down today and do nothing. What I tend to forget is that I can be and do all of those things right now. It’s within my immediate grasp and I can embrace being like Christ today.

I can be faithful to God now.
I can serve God sacrificially now.
I can obey His commands now.
I can live for Jesus now.
I can have a vibrant relationship with God now.

I can do all of those things right now and in this moment. I don’t have to wait for some future to arrive to start becoming the kind of follower that Jesus expects me to be. I can begin doing that now whether I’m driving to work, doing grocery shopping, meeting other believers, or going to church on Sunday.

I’ve begun to view my life as days of faithfulness. Every single day, I simply try to live as faithfully as I can to God. In fact, I’ve begun to take it a step further. I’m trying to see my life as hours of faithfulness. Can I simply be faithful to God in this hour, in this moment, in this place? I may not get it right all the time. That’s OK. We're still sinful and Christ has forgiven us. But when the next hour arrives, I try once again to be as faithful as I can to God.

One of my prayers to God lately has been this: “May I be faithful to You day by day, hour by hour, moment by moment.” Simple. We don’t have to wait for some future to arrive to be faithful to God. Wherever you are in the spiritual journey, you can embrace the moment and be faithful to God right now. There’s really no need to wait.