It’s easy for us to have a tough time being fully present. Instead, we constantly prepare for the future or analyze the past. As Christians, we are accustomed to hearing about Jesus being our greatest teacher. But we don’t often consider the fact that Jesus is one of the best teachers for something else: living in the present.
Most parents would agree that their children don’t want to wait for anything. This “dis-ease” of waiting follows most of us into our adult years. But believe it or not, something actually happens while nothing is happening. God uses waiting to change us.
The main reason we worry is actually plain and simple: We are trying to protect ourselves. It doesn’t make much sense. After all, being afraid and worried does not prevent problems or make us more able to handle them. But it comes from a part of our thinking that isn’t quite rational.
There is a verse in the Psalms that really hits home to me: “My soul finds rest in God alone” (Psalm 62:1). It’s a statement that I remind myself often. Because, like many of us, it’s easy for my soul to seek rest in other places. Our circumstances can easily rule our emotions if we let them. But God doesn’t want us to be at the mercy of our varied life events, or the hopeless perspective we can sometimes have about them.
Are you someone who also tends to take things personally? You may easily feel that someone’s actions are a result of what you did or didn’t do. Or maybe you often feel that people aim their nasty behavior toward you.
The truth is, taking ownership of someone else’s moods isn’t healthy or what God wants for us. When we do that, we burden ourselves for no good reason since we did nothing wrong.