I’m a resolving, goal-setting, planning ahead maniac. I live by lists, check-marks, and highlights. While I’ll brag and say I’m super organized and never, ever miss meetings or deadlines, I’m also constantly looking ahead.
The next task. The next goal. The next day.
This has become a way of living for many of us–constantly looking forward to what’s to come. This never-ending longing of the future tends to blur our view of the past and dull our appreciation of the present. Instead of being thankful for progress and present in the present, we spend our days clinging to the idea that “the best is yet to come” or “things will get better.” We get stuck perpetually looking forward to more, to better, to happier.
Here’s what I’m not looking forward to.
I’m not looking forward to a higher income.
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
My less than stellar income is teaching me to budget and keeping me humble…and making me say no to the super cute, must-have shoes at Target. It is forcing me to trust the Lord with all of my finances and reminding me that all I have is His. I am able to be thankful for what I have and get extreme satisfaction in those “treat yo’ self” days.
I’m not looking forward to a bigger house.
My modest house has been filled with friends and stained with memories. I don’t need a bigger, better, perfectly decorated house to share fellowship with friends. I have a comfy couch and a coffee pot, the necessities.
I’m not looking forward to finding a spouse.
…even if the seriousness of this bouquet toss says otherwise…of course, I caught it.
Let’s face it, ladies, this one gets us. We wait for the man God has so carefully created for us to come waltzing in with a stamp on his forehead that says, “I’m the one.” In the midst of looking forward to a Pinterest wedding with our Proverbs man, we miss the excitement of our current season. As a single you are a fierce force for God’s Kingdom. You have extra time, exciting gifts, and room to grow and explore as an individual. Seize every moment of this season.
Too often we look forward to these milestones and are disappointed when they come. We spend hours and days wishing and wanting and are never quite satisfied with where we are and what we have. We live constantly striving and seeking for what comes next, for more, for better.
…but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.
You will forever look forward if you don’t let Jesus quench your thirst now. With Him, you can sit in this moment completely satisfied, knowing you lack nothing and need nothing more.
The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.
Be excited for the future, but do not live a life of longing. Graduation, marriage, homes, kids, promotions…they will come. But today savor relationships, appreciate what and who you have, and be filled with the presence of the Lord in this very moment. Allow Jesus to quench every thirst and longing you have.
The best isn’t yet to come, the best is now. Always now.