This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Ps 118:24
My kids have kids now.
I have a certain amount of wealth and respect, but not enough to be content.
I have fought many battles for God, but can list few great victories.
I seek new mountains to climb, but realize my legs are tired.
As doctors most of us have been living goal oriented lives. We have goals in education, then goals in practice, goals in family, goals in respect, as well as goals in ministry.
We will succeed in many of the goals we pursue and discover that some will never be accomplished. Our lives are a series of bulls-eyes. Many of us live like arrows shot from bows we have fashioned, focused on the targets and ignoring the flight.
In his Pensees, Pascal noted: “Let each of us examine his thoughts: he will find them wholly concerned with the past or the future. We almost never think of the present, and if we do think of it, it is only to see what light it throws on our plans for the future. The present is never our end. The past and present are our means, the future alone our end. Thus we never actually live, but hope to live, and since we are always planning how to be happy, it is inevitable that we should never be so.”
As Christians we are called to live both for the moment and the future.
Within the moment is beauty, relationship with man and God, a partnership with God in His redemptive story; and there is joy. As doctors, we are often living for the future as Pascal describes and miss much of the eternal now that God has planned for us.
We should never forget our future, for there lies our home and that home defines our actions now. But most of us need to slow down and focus on God’s presence and God’s purpose now, within this day. When we do, we will often find the happiness we might otherwise have missed.
Help me to focus on Your presence and purpose in the moment I am living. Help me to be Your touch for the people I see this day.