Living In The Moment

Jonty King | 18 Jan 2017

Most of our future is determined by our past.

We are inbuilt with a desire to avoid things that have hurt us or alternatively we seek to repeat the things from the past that have been pleasant.

The problem is that when future possibilities are dictated by past experiences it brings present unhappiness because we become stressed and anxious trying to find what will satisfy us or avoid things that will cause pain.

"We do not rest satisfied in the present. We anticipate the future as too slow in coming, as if in order to hasten its course; or we recall the past, to stop its too rapid flight. For the present is generally painful to us. We conceal it from our sight, because it troubles us; and, if it be delightful to us, we regret to see it pass away. We try to sustain it by the future and think of arranging matters which are not in our power, for a time which we have no certainty of reaching…so we never live, but we hope to live; and, as we are always preparing to be happy, it is inevitable we should never be so.” – Blaise Pascal

When you spend all your energy trying to avoid the past and trying to create a perfect future, you simply wear yourself out trying to retain control of every aspect of your life. The truth is that you can’t control it anyway. God is in control.

...so we never live, but we hope to live; and, as we are always preparing to be happy, it is inevitable we should never be so.
-Blaise Pascal

Instead, listen to Paul’s words in Philippians 4:12-13: “I know the experience of being in need and of having more than enough; I have learned the secret to being content in any and every circumstance, whether full or hungry or whether having plenty or being poor. I can endure all these things through the power of the one who gives me strength.”

Facing an uncertain future, Paul found the secret of contentment and that secret is to do things in the strength of Christ, enjoying and being content in the moment.

Living in the moment is not selfish; it’s being content because ultimately, God is in control.