For the last week or so, I've been struggling through a tough decision. It's not anything huge, but a decision that's hard to make nonetheless.
I hate making decisions at all. If you ask me what I want for dessert, I've been known to take way too long to decide and then wonder if I would have enjoyed the other dessert better. So when making decisions about things that are more important than brownies and donuts, sometimes I find it difficult to move forward. Plus, is anything more important than donuts and brownies, really? 😝
One unfortunate thing I've noticed about decision-making though, is that it leaves me feeling discontent and unable to enjoy where I am at this very moment. It keeps me so focused on what's to come that I forget that I still need to be living in my current moment.
Take the brownies and donuts for example. I could be having an awesome meal and up until I have to make a decision about dessert, I am very happy with what I am eating. But then suddenly, once I start trying to decide what we should have after our meal, I stop thinking about the nice dinner I've been enjoying in the present, and I start worrying about what I will have in the future. I am suddenly not content anymore because I have mentally check out of my chicken parmesan and have moved on to thoughts of chocolately squares and fried bread.
But there's more to life than our future. Our present is just as important and when we stop being content, we miss out on what's right in front of us.
We May Be Here Longer Than We ThinkWhen it comes time to make decisions for our future, it can be easy to get in a mindset that makes us feel like our transition will be immediate. But sometimes, even after making a decision, there can be a long period of waiting in between now and our next steps. If we refuse to be content where we are presently, it could be a VERY long wait if our next step doesn't come right away.
Contentment will make our wait feel a whole lot shorter!
We Are Responsible for Our ActionsRegardless of how long the wait is, we are always responsible for our actions. In life, we don't just get to blow everything off because the next adventure in life is in sight. We don't get to check out mentally. We are responsible for our actions right now- in this current moment. So when we huff and puff because we haven't gotten to our next destination yet, or we half-do everything right now with the goal of "rocking it when we get to _____", we are being a bad steward of what we have. And honestly, if our attitude is always "let's get to the next adventure in life", we will never rock any stage of life. We will just always be discontent with where we are, left daydreaming about whatever is next.
We Are Here for a ReasonHave you ever really thought about the role you play in everyday life? Well as a Christian, I believe that we are here for a reason. And I believe that God wants to use me (and all His followers) for great things. I believe He has a purpose and a plan for us in each step of our lives. And if God has a plan for each part of our lives, then every single part of the journey is important. Every tiny step we take can impact the world for good. But we have to be content with where we are if we want to make an impact.
Conversely, if we are always so focused on the future that we ignore what's right in front of us, we will miss out on opportunities that are presenting themselves daily. We will be ignoring the blessings and opportunities that we already have in order to reach that next thing, that next goal. And that's sad.
Don't get me wrong, peculiar friends! It's good to have goals. It's good to look towards the future and have a dream or intention for it. And when it's time to make important decisions, we still have to think about them and make wise choices. But in all our planning, goal-setting, and decision-making, let's be conscious of our present. Let's make a concerted effort to live fully and contently in our current moment, regardless of how soon our decisions will take effect or how long it will be before our next adventure begins.