Live in the ‘Now’-A A +A
Friday, August 8, 2014
LAST Tuesday, my daughter Jennifer, and I went to visit Mother Clare in Puso ng Carmelo, a “retreat place”, a place of solitude, a place of peace and quiet, in Agoo, La Union.
Mother Clare and her group of dedicated nuns are a source of great Christian and secular wisdom, and a source of inspiration for living a life of detachment from worldly pleasures and comforts.
This time, aside from just talking and listening to Mother Clare, I had the opportunity to absorb the fantastic and awesome ocean view from the mountain top, and I had the time to copy some “quotable quotes” painted on wooden planks that have been posted on various places in the premises.
I must have copied more than 20 quotes, and still had not copied a fourth of the signs. I was slowly digesting each quote as I read them aloud. Words of wisdom were written all over the place.
Knowledge is all around us. Little is discovered each day. It is the application of knowledge that is already here that makes us a few degrees wiser today than yesterday.
The first sign I copied on my cellphone was:
“Living in the future is as much a waste of time as living in the past. Don’t squander the precious moment of NOW.”
That reminded me of Phil. 3:13 which says, “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus”.
We are told to “live in the present”, to “live in the NOW.”
Living in the past, usually is about filling our minds with memories of what had been, or what could have been. The former, if used as a learning board, is termed “experience”. It gives the older people the “edge” and is basis of the gift of “the wisdom of the years”.
However, being hounded by the past, and living in regret for what could have been, is a source of bondage and a hindrance to moving forward. Phrases commonly used, such as, “I wish I could have…”, “If only I...”, and other negative phrases of regret pull us back.
Sitting on our past achievements or laurels also inhibits our growth and makes snug and too comfortable to move forward.
“Living in the future” with expectation and great hope is positive. Being anxious about the future has no part in our Christian lives.
Many times, the Lord reminds us not to be anxious, and He repeatedly said the words, “Fear Not”. Trusting the Lord with all our hearts and all our minds is what He wants us to do. Live in the “Now”, and enjoy the present, is what He reminded Martha to do, as Mary did.
Phil. 4:6-7 says, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
My Dearest Children,
Forget the past. Do not worry about the future. Enjoy the Present and savor the Now!
Each of you have been given special abilities and talents.
He gave them for a purpose. Fulfill His purposes.
Do what is right.
Do not be timid. Be bold to claim His promises.
You are where you are, because you were meant to be. Do not be afraid. He will provide the graces sufficient for you. And His power is made perfect in weakness. (2 Cor. 12:9)
I once asked a nun how she learned to be a manager of a ministry engaged in livelihood projects when she had zero business background; she replied, “It is by God’s grace, the grace of the position”.
“Where God guides, He provides”.
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 09, 2014.