As I sit here this morning looking at the mountains of Park City sitting by the pool, I am thankful for the now. I am thankful for this week that I have been blessed to spend with my family. I am thankful for all we have gotten to do. I am thankful for life and health and strength. I am thankful that I got six solid mountain bike rides in this week.
But I am also conscious of the fact that tomorrow we fly back. Tomorrow we leave this beautiful place for the reality of home. And work. And a schedule, something I have not had for the last week. And I am conscious of the now.
We have been looking forward to this vacation. We planned it last summer because Amy and I have been here before and we wanted to take our kids back. They have had a great time and as a family this is as good as it gets.
But now what? Have I been looking forward to this so much that there is a major letdown as we take off? What do I have to look forward to next? When is the next weekend? When is the next pause? It is tough for me because of some transition at work, the busyness level is high.
What if we always are only looking forward to what is next? What if we put our hope squarely on the next thing? What if it does not happen for whatever reason? Where are we at that point?
It is great to have things to look forward to and they propel us forward with anticipation. But please don’t forget about the now. Now is the currency we currently have. If we simply wish it away for the next thing, we will miss an abundance of blessings and opportunities for impact in this world.
I am looking forward to our next trip, but I am taking in the now. Sitting in the now. Resting in the now. It is what is right in front of me. It is what is right in front of us. The next thing is on its way but don’t miss what is right in front of you.