Past-Present-Future

We have this incredible ability to bring things left in the past into our daily lives. It can be our disappointment in the way that we acted, it can be a past relationship that was hurtful, or the way life is going. For some reason we seem to drag that part of our life into the present and it becomes something that consumes us. We constantly focus on something that can’t be changed.

In that same way, some of us are completely consumed with the future. Some times we look at it with excitement and some times with worry. We are so bothered by the unknown at times that we take on stress that we were never meant to handle. Matthew 6:34 says, “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”

It’s wild to think about the amount of time that we spend concerned with the things that are out of our control while the whole time missing what God is teaching us in the present. In Matthew Chapter 6, Christ makes the point that we can’t serve two masters. While He’s talking about God and money, I think that the same applies in this case. We can’t focus on the past and future and still be fruitful with what God wants us to do today.

How many times have we spent an entire day consumed by our past or future just to miss what God’s speaking to us today. How many meaningful conversations did we zone out in because our focus was some where else? How many times did we miss the signs of someone hurting because we were focused on something out of our control?

Saying “Don’t worry” is so much easier said than done, but taking notice that God has a purpose for us today is a huge deal. If we believe that God is bigger than the things that we face, then the present should be our focus. Don’t miss the things you’ll learn today because your focus is on the things you can’t change.

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    • Ryan Gutowski
    • Husband, Dad, artist and lover of the hot wing. Ryan and his wife Erin founded Collision in 2008 as a ministry for twentysomethings who felt left behind by the church. You can reach him at ryan@collisioncm.com

5 Comments

  1. avatar samantha
    Posted June 28, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    This has been me…more about stressing about future. How will we deal with it? How will I deal with another surgery and two kids? I have had so little faith….I KNOW in my heart that God has always had me and will always protect me. God does all things for a reason and I am never on this journey alone!

  2. avatar Ryan Gutowski
    Posted June 28, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    Well put Sammy! Thanks for sharing, we’re definitely not alone.

  3. avatar kd
    Posted June 28, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    Wow, thanks ryan. Had some things on my mind about my future, stuggling with them trying to decide. Worry is big, and what has happened in the past is always on my mind.. I needed to read this.

  4. avatar Katie
    Posted June 28, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    That seems to be the topic of conversation around me for a while. It is nice to know that someone else and the bible feel the same way. That verse is actually one of my favorites. I have the NIV version memorized and even made a desktop image to go with it. Thanks for sharing Ryan!

  5. avatar William Ray
    Posted June 29, 2010 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    I know personally, something I’ve had to learn recently is that…sometimes God will sort of…throw us a bone in life. There are many times where I have literally started to question the will of God for my life because he allows things to happen to us our lives that sometimes we just can’t understand or accept…such as a close friend moving away or not getting that job promotion. My faith and hope will start to dwindle in trying times such as this, because it appears that God is not answering our prayers or providing our needs. But then out of nowhere God will place something or someone in our lives that is beautiful in every single way…even if only for a short while, God wants us to enjoy what we have in he present…and He will throw us a bone in our weak moments just to show us that he is with us…and that everything is ok…and that there are amazing things to come in the future. The bone is just a taste of wonderful things to come, something used to just hold us over and get us through those trying moments in life. My hope and faith starts to restore itself after times like this because…God is telling me…enjoy this now…even if only for a short while…and hang in there…cause I gotcha…and I have wonderful things planned for your life.

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