Mindful Living Challenge – Utilizing The Present {Week Seven}

“We waste so many days waiting for the weekend. So many nights wanting morning. Our lust for future comfort is the biggest thief of life.” – Joshua Glenn Clark


Recently, I decided that I want to begin living in the present moment.

I cannot fix the past. I cannot predict the future. And it hurts so much when I attempt to do either of these things.

However, my mind wonders, what is the alternative?

For a very long time, I have looked toward the future for my happiness. I greatly desired to have things to anticipate and plan for, because if I didn’t, then what would I do with the present?

Learning from the past and planning for the future is something we hardly ever do in balance. I tend to be burdened by the wrong I’ve done, and just as equally troubled by the uncertainty of what’s to come.

However, what if I were to actually learn from my mistakes and set out to be a better person now? What if I were to live in such a way that every day of my life from this point forward would be filled with lasting purpose and contentment?

Both of these things are not too much to ask for; we simply have to change the way we look at our lives.

Where the Lord has me right now is not a mistake. Sure, I’d love to check some things off my bucket list (or even my daily to do list), and there are certainly things I wish I could erase from my past. But all of this is part of my story, and the Lord has called me to embrace it, one day and decision at a time. ❤

I’m going to live in such a way that the present is the best place for me to be. This is where we’re supposed to live, after all! There’s nothing wrong with considering what direction we want our lives to go, but there’s a healthy way to do so, and we all have to find that balance.

I’m making this topic part of the mindful living challenge because this is something I’m really focusing on and praying over at the moment. I hope that it will encourage you to do the same!

Why I Want To Utilize The Present:

  • Living in the past + stressing about the future takes away my present joy.
  • Making decisions now that will positively impact my future is the right way to live.
  • I want to be happy with whatever’s happening on any given day.
  • I want to accept change.
  • I want to learn from mistakes and circumstances and no longer be burdened by them.

Why do you want to utilize the present?
Will you join me on this challenge?

“I am learning every day to let the space between where I am and where I want to be inspire me and not terrify me.” – Unknown

Come visit my Christian living blog, Living For His Delightfor more inspiration and encouragement!

6 thoughts on “Mindful Living Challenge – Utilizing The Present {Week Seven}

  1. This is a great challenge, and it is so important to use the present well! At the same time (not stressing about the future) it is good to look forward to the future and to live in the promises we have for our future in Christ.

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