Hey guys! So I’m back and here to talk about living in the moment. I know people always say we should make plans for our future, but sometimes I think we’re way too focused on future plans and forget to live in the moment. Firstly, we can become so engrossed in daydreaming about our future that it robs us of our present joy.
Be it the near future like anticipating graduation, or far down the line like becoming the CEO of your dream company, we sometimes need to make a conscious decision to not let our dreams stop us from living joyous in the moment.
As the chairman of obsessing over the future, I know one or two things about this. I sometimes get super focused on where I want to go, that I lose the joy of where I’m currently at. When I was in sixth form, I focused so much on how I hated it and I couldn’t wait to go to uni. I obsessed over going to Warwick (ask anyone who knew me then), and it was always on my mind. Now that I’m in Warwick in my final year, I’m always fixated on how badly I just want to graduate and start working. And it’s not like I hate my uni, so you know that the problem stems from my mindset.
I know that we all have big plans, and it’s great to have them, but sometimes we need to slow down. We need to live in the moment. If we’re constantly obsessing over how great our lives would be if we were already in the next stage of our lives, we would never be happy. I know that if I continue to have the mindset that, “if I could just graduate now! I’m so tired of uni, I’d be so much happier if I was done already”, even when I do graduate and start working by God’s grace, I wouldn’t find the “happiness” I was looking for. Granted, some stages of our lives are tougher than others, and we’re happier in some stages than in others, but where we’re at should never be the source of our happiness.
If your happiness comes from something that isn’t constant, then you’ll have a really hard time at experiencing long-lasting joy because nothing in life is constant.
As my fellow Nigerians would say, no condition is permanent. But God is. He is constant. He never changes. He's the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). So live in the moment, appreciate every single moment of your life and give thanks to God always.
Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.