I'm having a paradigm shift. It's called today.
I've very familiar with tomorrow. I've been planning it for weeks. And yesterday? Oh I can wallow in the sorrows and failures of that one forever. But today? Humph. What exactly are you?
We (as in me, The Hubby, The Girl and The Boy) are headed into a major season of change. There's lots of stuff on the horizon, and therefore lots of necessity to start list-making. And yet, my pen rests. (Well, okay, there might be one or two lists floating around.)
Here's what Matthew, a Jewish tax collector who became a follower of Jesus, had to say, "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." -Matthew 6:34
Duly noted, Matthew. Sage advice.
What I'm starting to learn about myself, is that if I just focus on today I get so much more accomplished.
A big "ah-ha" has come in using my new "today" philosophy in regards to working out. The old me would get out a calender, map out a week worth of workouts, and be livid by day 2 when I'm already off "the plan." The new me says, "Okay, Stacy, here is today. Where can you fit in 30-40 minutes of cardio?" It's so simple it's silly. But, it's working.
The same thing goes for "dieting." I was famous for hearing about a great new diet plan... getting the book... studying it... restocking our kitchen... and then being bored by the third meal. The new me says, "Stacy. What is your goal? Is what you're about to put in your mouth going to get you to your goal?" It's not about "blowing the diet for the day" or "falling off course." It's about having a focus, and that focus is now.
In the larger issue at hand--the blur on the horizon ahead-- the fact of the matter is that today I reside in Granger. This is where God has us right now. The ministries He has included me in have not changed. The neighbors have not changed. The friendships have not been severed. I am not letting Satan push me into a hole to wallow in my sorrows.
Jesus' brother, James, had this to say: "Now listen, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money." Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that." -James 4:13-15
I don't know about tomorrow, but I do know today. I'm here. I'm in it. This is the Lord's will for my life. Live today.