January 31, 2017

We are very much creatures of habit. As I initially wrote this article there were only two days left on our cruise. It was my standard procedure for decades to begin winding up the last couple of days of any time off, so I was in full readiness for going back “to work.” This morning I found myself focussing on what I needed to do once this cruise was over. Reality check! There were still two days left on this cruise! My training over the last number of years has taught me to be aware of what is going on, stay in the now and enjoy the present moment. Why worry about what is yet to be, such that the benefits and blessings in the now are missed?

Matthew records the words of Jesus in Matthew 6:25 where He says, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?” Jesus would later add, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own (Matthew 6:34).

Why allow the concern of tomorrow to rob you of the joy of today? As I wrote this blog the sun came up over the horizon of the Caribbean Sea and shone brightly through the window where I was sitting. Just a little reminder to be in the present moment and enjoy the blessings and the beauty of right now.

What about you? What are you focussing on in your life? Are you allowing stress and worry to pull you down, or are you looking for the blessings of God in the present moment to bring joy and encouragement for what is yet to be?

The author of the Book of Hebrews wrote, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. {2} Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:1-2).

If the habits you have created in your past are not serving you and empowering you to be, do and have what you really desire, then make a decision to act, to create new habits, to replace the old ones, so you can achieve what it is you really want.

Henry Ford said it well, “If you think you can, or you think you can’t, either way you are right. It is the thinking which makes it so.”

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