Some of us appreciate those glib sayings, the ones about living for today because that’s all you have, or take care of the minutes and the hours will take care of themselves. There are virtually hundreds of reminders about the power of now and living for the moment. The suggestion is not about giving up planning or any thought for the future, the idea is simply to stop and take notice of what is happening right now. It’s in keeping with another saying, ” If you’re too heavenly minded you may not be any earthly good.”
I bring this up because when I think about how often I forget Jesus’ words about not worrying, not carrying the weight of tomorrow because I only have enough “holy” fuel for today, I have to admit I’m spent. Mostly I’m spent because I’ve been so concentrating on what I have to accomplish this week, what I didn’t get done last week and what I’ll do if it doesn’t all come together by tomorrow, that I run out gas. I run out of energy for the effort. My goals haven’t changed and my direction hasn’t switched gears. I simply have to settle into the environment of my own spirit. I need to protect my path and know that I’ve been built for a purpose. If I simply stop when I need to and refuel and take note of where I am, I don’t need to accelerate, I just need to enjoy the ride.
The fact of the matter is that a race is not run on a sprint and a life journey is not made by a trophy. It’s all made by using one moment, one day as wisely and as fully consciously as possible. The psalmist said, “This is the day the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
I don’t know about you, but with all the planning, thinking, hoping, praying and everything else I load onto my own emotional and physical agenda, I sometimes forget to rejoice and be glad. Often times we say to each other, “Have a nice day.” Usually, we give it no thought at all, because it’s just one of those things you say to the store clerk or the person you pass on the street. But maybe, just for a moment, we should shrug off the cliche side of that phrase and actually mean it, like a blessing that we’re putting on every one we meet. “Have a nice day, meaning may you be blessed beyond measure and may you give full attention to what you’re experiencing right now.
It’s a new day to be glad and rejoice and to refuel with just enough to get to that dream you have for tomorrow. You have to pass through today to get there, so enjoy it. Let it hold you and renew your spirit. “Have a nice day!”