It’s interesting the way life has evolved - the slow pace of life was the way to live. No social media, no way to really view others lives and get caught up in them, no strong comparison game. It was your life, your family, your desires, your moments. Life has become pretty fast since then - and it’s become so serious. We see more, therefore, we’re exposed to so much. This has made our desires as humans greater and has created our minds to be more futuristic thinkers.
Not that thinking ahead is a negative - one of my own strengths is actually Futuristic. It’s our attitude we must think about when making plans and preparing for the future. James talks about this in chapter 4:13-17. “Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit” — yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” The biggest takeaway I’ve had from this, is to take life a little less seriously than I normally do. Am I being humble and asking God what to prioritize? Am I obedient to Him if He decides to switch up my plans?
Sometimes I desire things so greatly it consumes me. But then, I find myself so much happier when I sit here, in this moment, embracing what’s right in front of me. This is exactly where I’m supposed to be. I slow down, take in the life God’s given me, and I listen. I’ll still plan for those experiences I desire - that’s totally ok! Lord willing, I will live tomorrow and experience that day. Lord willing, I will live and experience more days. This is the life He has created for me and I live in it with Him as my Guide. And when my time comes to meet Him in eternity, I’ll be ready.