A Thirty Day Devotional adapted from the NEW book: Identity: The Distinctiveness of You – Day 24
I have been blessed with every spiritual blessing. Ephesians 1:3
I am the temple of the Holy Spirit. I Corinthians 6:19
Every decision we make is made through our past experiences, our present desires and thoughts or our future wants or needs. God has created us with the capacity to think within all three of these realms or dimensions. The memory capacity of our brains is simply amazing, as it provides for us the knowledge needed from past experience for decision making today.
Just imagine if we lacked memory. We would not know how to drive home from work today. We would not know or be able to identify our spouse in the morning when we wake up. We would have to start each new day reading a memory log from the day before: who we are, where we live, where we work or go to school. Life would function so differently. We can conclude memory is not only necessary for life, it provides so much wonderful meaning to life.
The Bible says what we sow, we reap (See Galatians 6:7, 8.). What I sow today, determines the return I will have on that seed tomorrow. If I desire a certain crop in the future, then I have to sow that seed today. Not one farmer expects to reap where they have not sown, but every farmer fully expects to reap where they have sown. You may expect to be a millionaire one day in the future, but if you do nothing and place no effort toward that goal today, you will never see it. It is easy to then become deceived into thinking you’ll win the lottery or inherit that million, but without earning it. The scriptures describe this type of gain as ill-gotten treasure. (Proverbs 10: 2)
Do you want to live in health in your latter years? Take measures today to exercise and eat healthy because when reaching tomorrow, today will be the past. Do you desire to be free of pain from your past? Then do something about it today and forgive those who have hurt you and bless those who have cursed you.
Unfortunately, I experienced a lot of cavities as a child. My family did not use toothpaste with fluoride in it. Fluoride wasn’t even marketed in those days. My trips to the dentist were fear-filled and excruciating. Today, I pay the price of dealing with crowns to save my teeth. My past dental care affects my present oral condition and will continue to affect my future.
You just cannot separate these three: the past, the present and the future. But you can start making decisions in alignment with God’s word and His direction for your life. A better decision today means a better outcome tomorrow. A destructive decision today means certain pain in our future.
For example, are you a worrier? I mean, does your mind immediately go to the exercise of worry when an unknown is surfacing? Or, is your response to a present worrisome issue one of going to your heavenly Father in prayer and trust? One response is trusting and relying upon yourself and your capacity to worry (needing to solve the issue yourself) and the other is trusting God and His capacity to intervene both in the here-and-now and the future. Philippians 4: 6,7 reminds us to not be anxious and if we’ll petition God along with giving thanks, the peace of God will guard our hearts and minds. Peace does not follow worry; it follows prayer and trusting God, literally giving our worry to God. (See Psalm 37: 1-8.)
Question for reflection:
If you find yourself to be a worrier, how does your worry affect your present-day life?
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