By Isaac Hughes
Seasons are in constant motion, but at times act a bit erratic. Where I live, it’s unseasonably warm for this time of the year, and to be honest I sometimes enjoy global warming, as it fights off the typical, hazardous, bitter cold winter I face every November through February. Life has its seasons, as well. Life brings warm, tropical summers, and in seconds can morph into a harsh, nasty winter, and regardless if I am prepared or not, I am forced to go along for the ride.
I feel like 2016 has brought in a new season in my life, and I am going to try something a little different this year. Thousands of people probably do this every year, but this is my first swing at it. I have picked a focus word for 2016 that I am challenging myself to revolutionize my mindset on. My word is: BE.
Far too often I discover that I am not in the moment. I am in the been and the might be, but hardly am I in the BE. The truth is, I think, the good majority of us deal with this issue daily. Many of us possess an ill written past, and we can’t seem to forgive ourselves for the mistakes and regrets that overshadow our lives. We let our past bare down on us like the battering spring storms. It’s like a tornado that swept through and destroyed a neighborhood. Obvious tragedy, and broken heart, but what now? Either we pick up the pieces and begin to rebuild our lives, or we sit around and wallow in our tragedy. When we choose the latter our usefulness in the kingdom of God becomes exceptionally more difficult. In Luke chapter 9, verse 62, Jesus says, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” If God has forgiven, then so should we. For some reason, for me, it’s easier to accept God’s forgiveness than it is to forgive myself, but I want to be fit for service in the kingdom of God, and if living in the been is going to hinder me from doing that, then I have to let it go.
On the other side of the road are those of us who look to tomorrow to find our joy. Many times in the winter I am dreaming of taking a run in the summer months that I forget to enjoy the beauty that is around me with the snow peppered trees, and open, breezy, and glistening white fields. We think: when I finally graduate high school, I’ll be happy OR, when I graduate college, I can start making money and then I’ll be happy, OR, if I could just find a different job then I’d be happy, OR, if I can find my soulmate and get married then I’ll be happy, and on and on. Reality is: none of us are promised tomorrow. Of course it’s beneficial to have dreams and goals for your life, but far too often we spend more time thinking about what might be than enjoying our BE moments. In Matthew chapter 6 verse 34, Jesus says, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of it’s own.”
Our lives were meant to be enjoyed right now, in this moment, in the BE moments. The past is the past, let it go. Seek wisdom for the future, but remember that we are not promised tomorrow. Jesus said that He came to give us life, and life to the fullest, and that means for the BE moments. That is where true joy is found, and no matter what season of life you find yourself in, understand that Christ is right there with you through it all. Make the most of today, and most importantly, enjoy today!
Author Bio: Isaac Hughes is a youth minister in Crawfordsville, Indiana at First Assembly of God. He is also a part owner of a business in Indianapolis called Hoosier Popcorn. He spends his time reading and writing, and loves a good laugh. His is passionate about helping people in general, but also helping them find God, and grow a relationship with him.