One Way to Stay Focused on the Present
I mounted a mirror in my office today. It’s not so that I can check my hair as I work during the day, or to make sure that I don’t have anything in my teeth after lunch. I’ve mounted this mirror purely as a symbol of how I want to live. It is a reminder for me to live in the today.
I find that there are certain times in my life when I become anxious about the future. Where will I be? What will I be doing? This is especially true as a self-employed person who works contract to contract. I can get easily distracted by and consumed with anxiety over the next month.
There was a time, not long ago, that I was fretting about this same issue.
God spoke to my spirit and reminded me then to focus on the here and now. He did this through a vision.
God gave me a picture of me on a beach. On this beach there were a number of boxes. Some boxes had lids on them and were closed, while other boxes sat open. These boxes represented events in my life. The closed boxes were my past; the open boxes were my future. Then as I stood looking at the future boxes, wanting to glimpse inside them to see what was in store for me, a large mirror–three times the size of me–was erected between the boxes of the past and the boxes of the future. God spoke into my heart and said that the boxes of the past were closed and there was no need for me to spend time with them. The boxes of the future were on the other side of the mirror and there was no need for me to be anxious. So every time I felt like looking ahead, I was confronted with this mirror reminding me to stay in the moment.
So now the mirror in the office is mounted to remind me to focus on today, to not fret about the past and not be anxious about the future.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own (Matthew 6:34 NIV.)
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