To start with, I am new at blogging, but I figure, its somewhat like a public journal of thoughts that I don't mind sharing... and right now I am reading the most amazing book that I have picked up in years, not including the bible because that is THE most amazing book. I am currently reading The Shack by William P. Young. I don't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't read it, and at the same time, I want to encourage everyone to read it. An interesting topic came out of what I am reading right now, and that is: What do you think the human race was designed to do; live in the past, live in the present or live in the future. I am pretty sure that we all agree that we were designed to live in the present. But DO we? How much of my time is spent living in fear of what I think might happen tomorrow, next week, next year,etc... Or what has happened and how the outcome could have been different. So I began thinking about what it would be like to "live in the present"? Truly living in the moment, taking it all in second by second. To be honest with you, I can't say that I have done much of that in my life.
When I am thinking about something and possible outcomes (total waste of time) it seems almost like if I can think of it, then it WON'T happen. God always surprises me and ten fold. Years ago I heard that if I planned and was in charge of my life, I would sell myself short everytime. God ALWAYS does for me what I can't do for myself. So why is it so hard to STOP wasting that precious time that I could be living in this very moment. There is one thing that will make me stop in my tracks and live in the moment, and that is a sunrise, a sunset or colors in the sky that seemed to have been put there by God as a momentary painting. (He is the best artist I know of)
So anyone who happens across this blog and reads it, please share with me what your idea of "living in the present" means...

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Comment by Nancy Purdy on March 27, 2009 at 9:53am
Loved The Shack. Just finished Jim Palmer's book Wide Open Spaces. It was great. Now I'm reading Searching For God Knows What by Donald Miller

I think you learn to live in the moment gradually. Slowly, you wean yourself away from the "addiction" of focusing on the future and all the anxiousness that comes with that focus.

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