Hey y’all… how’s your mama and ’em?
Of all the lessons God has taught me through my Golden Retrievers, and dogs in general, the importance of living in the moment is pretty close to the top of the list. Dogs do not wallow in the regrets of of the past, and they do not worry about things that may or may not happen in the future. They simply live life to the fullest extent at any given time. I believe God intends for us to live our lives in the same manner.
Everyone who has achieved puberty has regrets from their past, and we all have at one time or another felt that we were victims of a situation that was out of our control. Shame and regrets and bad memories can become chains that imprison us to a jail of our own making if we do not submit them to God. Likewise, reliving “the good ole days” without regard to what is happening now, also causes us to miss out on life. When we live in the past, we never fully live in the present. Dogs may live conditioned to a past experience, but they do not let it prevent them from enjoying today. Neither should we.
We also forget to live in the present by spending too much of our time worrying about the future. Whether it is worrying about things we hear in the news like threats of war or weather predictions, or things that hit closer to home such as health and finances, worrying robs today of its joy. In Matthew 6, Jesus taught us to pray saying, “give us this day our daily bread.” Further in the chapter Jesus teaches us, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” My dogs do not worry about their future because for their entire lives I have cared for them daily. They know when they wake up tomorrow, I will again provide for them. We should have that same trust in our Father who provides all of our needs.
According the Chinese zodiac, 2018 is the Year of the Dog. I would like to encourage you this year to live more like a dog! Whatever has happened in your past or what you dream or fear in the future, do not become so caught up in it that you forget to live life now. Do not miss the things in front of you. You only get to live each day once. Make the most of it. Make it count. Have fun. Be spontaneous. Make good memories. Philippians 3:13,14 reads, “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” That should be our goal, as well.
Have a blessed week, y’all!