One of the things I’ve been working on lately is trying to live in the here and now. There are wonderful memories I have in the past and exciting possibilities in store for my future. But a friend of mine reminded me that today not only is the present, but it is a present or a gift. Every morning I get to wake up and serve my Heavenly Father by serving His children. What a special blessing this is!
President Monson has taught,
“This is our one and only chance at mortal life—here and now. The longer we live, the greater is our realization that it is brief. Opportunities come, and then they are gone. I believe that among the greatest lessons we are to learn in this short sojourn upon the earth are lessons that help us distinguish between what is important and what is not. I plead with you not to let those most important things pass you by as you plan for that illusive and nonexistent future when you will have time to do all that you want to do. Instead, find joy in the journey—now.”
I have been striving to do just this–to find joy in the journey now, today. Our Savior Jesus Christ taught us, ” For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.Take therefore no thought for the morrow, for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient is the day unto the evil thereof.” (3 Nephi 13:32-34) God will take care of us and all we need to focus on is today, because everyday is a gift.