Often, I find myself thinking and planning, and saying things like, "oh, how wonderful life will be when I get married and have my own home"! Or, "how wonderfully fulfilled I'm going to feel as a mother! What a good homemaker I will be!"
That's fine and well, but living the possibilities might make us miss out on today. I don't know what the future will bring. As you know I'm preparing for marriage – but ultimately, only God knows when and how it will happen. But I do know I have a family to love and take care of, friends to support, a home to run and manage, and a beautiful life to enjoy now. I have wonderful books to learn from; people to cook for; beautiful projects to make now. I have the duties and gifts and trials and joys He in His infinite wisdom sent me at this period of my life, and I don't want to waste today by thinking of someday and sometime instead of seizing the moment.
Seize the moment! You don't know what tomorrow will bring. But you know today will not come again. You will not be able to enjoy today's sunrise and sunset again; kind words we haven't said, smiles we held back, rush and anxiety – all those mean we are missing out on the joys of today. What a waste!
We remain focused on the great things we want to accomplish, forgetting the blessings our days are full to the brim with: cool breeze and flowers, sunshine and clouds and pattering rain, birds chirping, sweet moments of fellowship with the ones we love, times of prayer and contemplation when we feel so close to our Creator it almost brings tears of joy to our eyes. The pattern of our life cannot be complete without these simple threads.
Let's stop putting things off while we wait for our life to turn into a garden of roses. It will never happen. Rather, let's do what we can to enjoy the blessings we have today. And the time to do it is right now.
I'd like to finish with a quote from one of the blogs I love the most, Eyes of Wonder:
"I hope your day is beautiful. Hold your children, your husband, those you love and care for, tenderly, close. Kiss them and hug them. Smile often-- a soft, bright, loving, accepting, approving, smile. Be thankful for those you love, and be sure and express your pleasure with them, to them--through words, through your touch, so they know what your heart holds, towards them. Sincerely praise for even the smallest things that are praise-worthy, and with eyes open wide, take note of, and be thankful for, each kindness shown to you. Life is fleeting, and the only moments we can be entirely sure of, are those that we're presently in, right here, right now. Let us live our lives deliberately, purposefully, making every one of those precious fleeting moments matter, for now, and for eternity, in our life and in the lives of those we love."