Live Out the Present
Lady Debra Rankin

We are coming to the end of another year. Most business owners are busy at the end of the year taking inventory. This is a painful but necessary task so they can know if they made a profit or not. They take the information they receive and make adjustments for the coming year. As Christians, we need to stop at the end of the year and measure our progress. So let’s take inventory.

What kind of a year has 2018 been for you so far? Was it just another year, pretty much the same as any other year? Did anything different or exciting happen? Did you end up doing the same thing day after day? Did everything that could go wrong did go wrong? Think back and check what kind of a person you were so far this year. Are there some regrets? If you were able to have some part of the year over again, how would you have done differently? Would you have cared more, been more patient, less critical, been more supportive and helpful? As for me there are certainly things that I would have done differently.

How about your relationship with God? Did it flourish and grow during 2018 or did it just remain in much the same place as it did the year before? How much did my life reflect the fact that I am a child of God – did I speak as a child of God; did I act with the love of God in my heart; did I interact with others with the same love and forgiveness that Jesus has shown me?

If we need to make adjustments, the year is not over! Eccl 7:8 - Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof (the end is better than the beginning). Another way to put it is to say completing is better than beginning. If completing is better than beginning, then we should press on to the end of this year making as much progress as we can. God doesn’t want us to merely sit around and wait passively for future promises. He doesn’t want us to sit around and celebrate past victories or agonize over past defeats. He wants both the past and future experiences to shape our lives for the present day.

Each day can be a new beginning and there is still time. There are more opportunities before a new year, to live life the way God purposed for us this year. Yes, the past shapes our lives but that is not where we live. Likewise, the future will shape our lives but that is not where we are to live. Life is meant to be lived in the present and the present is now. Let’s “Live Out the Present” and make it our best life ever.



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