Your time is now

Your time is now. Your life is made up of millions and millions of…one moment at a time. As Einstein once said, “The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” In reality, all we have is now. The past is simply the collection of moments of your life up to now. And your future will be shaped by how you use your moments in the “now.” 

This time of year can be bittersweet—both full of disappointment and hope.  We look back at the past year and ponder the possibilities of the coming one. But as you ponder consider that there’s nothing particularly different about next year than right now. The new year is just a collection of  future “now” moments waiting to be realized.

They are just moments. But here’s something wonderful to think about this particular moment…

You can be transformed into the very best “you” one moment at a time.

This is a concept that Matthew Kelly puts forth in his book, The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity. Your welfare is something very dear to God’s heart for you. In this regard, here’s something Kelly says that’s worth considering as you reflect on your life during these last moments of 2018:

“Human flourishing is something that delights God. He is interested in the whole person—physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual. God is fascinated with every aspect of people and he loves to see his children flourishing. Are you flourishing. Are you thriving, or are you just surviving? The beautiful truth is it doesn’t matter what your answer is to any of these questions, because you can start to turn it around one moment at a time, beginning now.” (p.107, emphasis added)

You see, by yourself (and based on past performance) you may not change, even with the best of intentions. But with God all things are possible. And He’s all about you flourishing, thriving, and being the best “you” that you can be. Beloved, one thing you can be certain of…He is for you.

Also consider that God does not refer to Himself as the “I Was” or “I Will” but as the “I Am.” And He is calling you and me to live fully…today. Holy Spirit is speaking right now to our fickle and easily distracted hearts, “Today, if you hear His voice…”

I will say one more thing before I end these moments with you. We cannot do God’s part and He won’t do our part. But the wonderful truth about our part is that we have the power to tell us what to do. Therefore, we can be changed one moment at a time. So let’s have Paul’s attitude toward these things as we ponder our lives during these final moments of the rolling year:

12 It is not as if I had already attained to it, or were already perfect. But I press on, if so be that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself as having gotten it. But one thing I say: I forget that which is behind, and reach for that which is ahead, 14 and press on to that mark appointed, to obtain the reward of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let us therefore, as many as are sound in the faith, be so minded. And if you are otherwise minded, I pray God would open this to you. (Phil.3:12-15 NMB)

My prayer for us is that God will profoundly open our eyes to this glorious high calling. In the meantime, may you have an amazing New Year!

About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 40 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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7 Responses to Your time is now

  1. Cindy Powell says:

    That is my prayer, too. Philippians 3:12 is one of my most often prayed prayers for myself and others…”pressing on to lay hold of that for which He laid hold of us.” THAT is the one compelling goal – whatever it may look like in our individual lives. Blessings to you Mel. May this wondrously high calling continue to grip your heart in the coming year!

    • Mel Wild says:

      Thanks Cindy. This has always been one of my life passages, too. It continues to grip my heart. I’ve been taken by the thought that I am laying hold of “that for which”! This is my forward momentum, what compels and gives life itself meaning and wonder-filled purpose: His taking hold of me! It makes every year amazing! 🙂 Blessings to you as well and happy New Year!

  2. Oh amen! What a fabulous prayer, Mel. I too love how God is the Great “I am” not the great “I was” or “I will be.” We get into His presence, in the the present! Much of what ails us has to do with trying to live in the past or future tripping. It can be really hard to stay in the moment, especially with all the modern distractions.

    I haven’t read that book yet, but a huge amen to this “Human flourishing is something that delights God.” It can be really challenging to try to convince people God loves you, God wants good things for you God delights in you. I have John posted on my fridge, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth,” because that is also the Lord’s heart for us, that is His agenda, if you will.

    • Mel Wild says:

      Amen, IB. It all starts with letting His affections for us guide our hearts, then living from that joy-filled place. And you’re right, it is very hard to live in the moment but even improving on it a little bit can make a huge difference in the long run.
      May you have many, many great moments in the coming year!

    • “Human flourishing is something that delights God. He is interested in the whole person—physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual. God is fascinated with every aspect of people and he loves to see his children flourishing.”

      In tune with IB, I don’t know why so many Christian’s frown upon those of us who subscribe to a Heavenly Father versus an out of the picture God who just lets things happen because He is God.

  3. I’ve read many of Matthew Kelly’s books and currently reading “A Call to Joy.” He speaks of hearing God and being inspired at an early age. I myself hear HIM and am filled with an urgency to find joy. His book opens by saying “ joy is not simply a feeling of happiness. Joy is the all intoxicating feeling of becoming.. we experience joy when we grow and we grow when we live in the presence of God and listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit.”
    Hoping you experience much joy this year!

    • Mel Wild says:

      I’ve only read this book of Kelly’s. I hadn’t heard of him before. Someone in my congregation gave me this book because she said what I was preaching is what the book was about! It’s an easy read and worth getting. “A Call to Joy” sounds intriguing. I may have to read that one, too. 🙂
      Thanks for your comments and book reference. Blessings to you.

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