Why you should focus on living in the now

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We’re all guilty of it. Whenever we start thinking about our divine design, our natural instinct is to start thinking about the future. What will it look like? Where will I live? What will I have to do tomorrow in order to get there by next week? Most of our divine design questions are about the future.

However, when we’re constantly thinking about what the future of our divine design might look like, we ignore our present. We can’t think about the present and the future at the same time. It’s impossible.

A few days ago, I ran across a post from Jon Acuff in which he explained why living in the now is awesome. For me, this was a brilliant reminder as to why “living in the now” is critical if a person wants to find his or her divine design. In fact, living in the present can help us create a better tomorrow.

Here is an example:

Have you ever been driving during a road trip, solely focusing on getting to your destination? You are so focused that when your friend says, “Look at that! That’s awesome!” you completely miss it?

The same thing happens to us whenever we fail to take time to live in the now when journeying to find our divine design. When we’re constantly looking down the road:

• We will never be content with where we are.
• We become frustrated that we haven’t reached our destination.
• We miss some of the incredible moments that happen from simply being present in the moment.
• We forfeit the opportunity to stop and help someone who needs it.

Granted, whenever we’re journeying to find our divine design, looking toward the future every once in a while is important. However, constantly looking for what’s next will cause you to miss many of the things that make the journey so amazing along the way.

I hope Jon’s post serves as a reminder that it’s just as important to be intentional about enjoying the present as it is about taking the steps to find the person you were created to be.

How are you living in the now while journeying to find your divine design? What has made it difficult?