April 15, 2008 Living In The Moment
Tomorrow is a mystery only God can uncover and reveal. What does it mean to live for the moment? Does it mean giving up everything for that second to be happy? Is that defining life, if we all know we’re going to die one day if not tomorrow?
Again and again people say live for the moment because you might not make it to see tomorrow. I am living in the moment because I worked hard yesterday and the day before that and the day before that. It is possible that you might and very well will see tomorrow. If you do sacrifice everything for today, what’s going to be left for tomorrow?
I wake up everyday thinking I will enjoy myself today, I will do what I desire, I
will have fun, and I will make the best out of everything I do today. Then just as I lay down to go to sleep I ask, what am I going to do tomorrow? Where will life take me? You see, living in the moment is really living today but still wondering about tomorrow.
I go out everyday and I take a look around me and see a world so caught up in the moment. But I see it totally different. I do want to eventually live in a world where no one person is alike. I see myself getting up every morning with my mind set on school, thinking about what I will do in school and how I will get through the day. Once I get home I go out and have fun with my family or who ever it may be. I see myself totally different from other teenagers. I encounter friends in school asking me, “It’s not like education will be useful in our lives.” Or they say, “Have fun Shawnam, what’s the point of life if you aren’t going to enjoy it?” What do I do? I just laugh and turn away, because I see it differently. I will go out and live in the moment but I won’t forget that the next day I wake up there will be a long journey ahead of me where I will be in charge.
I wouldn’t want to be so caught up in the moment that I forget there is a life outside the spotlight I’m living in that second. We can’t ignore the fact that life is like a jigsaw puzzle, and if you get too caught on one piece you don’t get the chance to experience the other pieces. Same thing with life, if you get too caught up in the moment you don’t experience the other parts of life.
I believe that God has control over everyone’s life and we are just here to live it. So the next time I am immersed into the moment, I won’t forget that I will eventually have to go home and wake up to a new day.