Why I've Stopped Looking For A Better Tomorrow
Saving for the kid's college education & retirement, looking forward to the next holiday, the next payday, the next time we will go home to visit family and friends... Sometimes I give too much credit to the future.
I glamorize it, always convincing myself that tomorrow will be better than today. I find myself missing out on the fact that my son is 7 years and 3 days old today, and that today he still wants to crawl in bed in the mornings and snuggle with his mama.
I'm not saying planning for the future isn't a good idea. In fact, even scripture says it's wisdom to prepare for the years ahead. But I feel like there is a fine line between preparing for tomorrow and living for it.
If all I can see is a better tomorrow, I could end up looking back one day and realize that the best days of my life were now, and I missed them. And all because I was looking for something else, something better.
What if we ditched the idea of living for the hope of a better tomorrow and embraced the practice of living for the now! I'm not speaking of living a self-indulgent and wreckless life, but living in the constant realization that today is the only today we will ever have.
Our days are little more than collections of small, insignificant moments that make life rich - but only if we see them.
A whole life goes by in the time it takes to blink. Let us not miss it because we were too busy wishing, hoping, looking for a tomorrow that may never even come. Even if it does, who promised that tomorrow will be better than today?
There isn't anything wrong with a healthy dose of hope for the future as long as we balance it with the ability to see and embrace the only thing we actually possess right now - the gift of all that is within our reach today.
Today is the only gift of right now that we have been given, one we can never get back again.
What if we just started living for today? Because that's all we really have anyways.
Rachel Rowell @ saltedgrace.com