The Challenge

A friend has challenged me to bring God into the Present. What I am doing: Today?

Ahh that’s hard for us Humans. You see we live in all three tenses at the same time. Past. Present. Future.

Our past is known. However painful it may be, we are “comfortably familiar” with it, and intimately acquainted with our past. The Future — I guess we can depend on “crystal balls” to foresee the future. But the Present. Ah the Present. We try to hide our true feelings. Some use drugs, some use alcohol. But to some extent, we find our selves in a state of discontent with our Present state of existence.

I make excuses NOT to do things. Ahh well, if I pretend it doesn’t exist, it will go away. But like a scab picked at to often, we bleed. We never want to admit to ourselves, that we do have some responsibility for the way we live our lives.

It’s called “Stewardship.” That means taking responsibility for how we utilise the things God has given us. Life, money, health, friends. Life beckons to us, but few of us are willing to admit to ourselves, we are broken, and we can not fix ourselves. Their is a gaping wound, that only God can fix.

My friend has challenged me to grow, and move beyond where I am now. I feel like I am in a rut. Ever wonder what a rut is? I like Chuck Swindoll’s definition: “a rut is a grave with both doors kicked in.” That’s where I am. That’s my Present.

But I don’t have to be there. The challenge is to LIVE in the Present, not just exist there. Mindfulness.

My prayer has been: “God, where will you lead today?” Are we up to the challenge of asking God to lead us each day?

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet INWARDLY we are being renewed DAY by DAY.” 2 Cor 4:16 (NIV)