Live in the Present

Take each day and live by obeying Me to the best of your ability.

Do not be concerned with things you cannot control.

Tomorrow will take care of itself, so do not worry.

Accomplish those tasks which are necessary today.

Learn to live in the context of the moment,

Forgetting regrets of the past.

Learn My will and enjoy this day.

 Luke 12:25,26 (NLT) “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?”

 Sometimes we don’t live each day to the fullest because we are thinking of the past or worried about the future. God has given us this day to live for Him. As a counselor I know we often talk about the past if it is unresolved in our client’s lives, but it is with the intention to resolve the issues, restore relationships and go on with the present.

If Paul had wallowed in his regrets for persecuting and killing Christians, he would have been ineffective in his new role, therefore he says “forgetting the past…I press on to reach the end of the race.” He knew the Lord had forgiven him completely and he went on to live an astounding life, writing most of our New Testament.

In the same way, Jesus in Matthew 6 and Luke 12 asks us not to worry over the future but to live one day at a time. He has given us so very much and taken care of our needs. He wants us to enjoy this present day.


About Rose Spillenaar Harmer

Rose is a retired marriage and family therapist and speaks on subjects related to prayer, spirituality, marriage and mental health. She travels throughout North America and one of her favorite subjects is "listening to God" through scripture, sermons and the still, inaudible voice of the Holy Spirit. She writes a weekly devotional called
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2 Responses to Live in the Present

  1. Bob Hunter says:

    Great advice! It’s hard not to brood over the past and to worry about the future but, as you explain from your experience as a counselor and illustrate from Scripture, we must live for the present. I like the sayings with which you introduce your devotional.

    Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2013 13:32:48 +0000 To:


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