My daughter shared with me the topic that they have been discussing in her Bible study group. She thought it would be a good topic for my blog. It is a quote from the cartoonist Bil Keane:
"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift from God, which is why we call it the present.”
My daughter said that her leader would like to make this a focal point for living her life. I started to think about the quote and wondering exactly how someone can use it in their lives. Silly me, what was I thinking!.
The next day, a friend posted this on Facebook: “Accept what is, Let go of what was, and have faith in what will be.” Hmmm. Sounds a lot like Mr. Keane’s quote.
Finally, I was standing in line at the grocery store this morning and I read this on the cover of a national magazine: “Let it go” Obviously a quote from a very famous Disney movie, and one that ties into Mr. Keane’s and the Facebook quote. First, What is God trying to tell me? And second, am I willing to listen and follow His suggestions?
I really started thinking about how different my life might be if I followed the quotes. If I “let go” the history, maybe write it down in a journal and then make sure to not dwell on the past anymore, I cannot change it anyway. I must admit I can learn from it, but it is the dwelling on it that causes me a mixture of emotions.
“Tomorrow is a mystery” and “have faith in what will be”, are a great way to look ahead. I tend to fret and worry about everything I have to do, or how someone might act/react. No matter how much energy I put into worrying it still never happens the way I thought or is rarely as bad as I imagined it. Even when it is as bad as I imagined, it was not about me, I really could not change it. So, I spend a lot of time worrying before, dreading during and then ruminating after. What a waste of time, and I do not have a lot of extra time!
Finally, “Today is a gift from God” and “Accept what is” what a great way to look at life. It has been proven over and over again that how you look at things is how you will feel. So when you keep looking on the bright side of life, lifting each day up to God in thanks, accepting and moving forward with what is going on around you, maybe, just maybe you will be feeling more positive and have a better perspective.
As this holiday season is moving around me, I keep thinking that I am way to busy, that I cannot keep up with all I have to do, and, with everyone who needs my help. Now, I am hoping that maybe if I live in the present and do it with a heart of thanksgiving, if I let go of the history, and give tomorrow to God, things might go a little smoother. If I stop wasting time thinking and talking about how busy I am, I will probably have some extra time to give to those around me, and to get the important things done. If I am lucky I might just find a little extra time for myself!
May you find peace, hope, love and joy this Christmas season and into the New Year!