Have you ever wanted to write a letter to your younger self? Not anything complicated. Just a simple note because here you are on the other side of darkness and the sun’s out and there’s so much to look forward to and so much to be grateful for.
I looked back at my younger self today and wished I had lived my life more fully, that is, conscious of God’s presence, as one who is living coram Deo, before the face of God.
I would like to tell her to commit each day to Him, because He’s the author; to give each moment to Him, because His hand is in it; to take each task however trivial and do it as for Him, because He assigned it to me; and to see in the darkness the same glory that I see in the light, because He never leaves or forsakes me.
How much richer my life would have been, how much lighter and less burdensome, how much less fearful and anxious, how much more full of His joy and peace!
Is my life over? Has the clock stopped? What’s wrong with starting today? For this too is the day the Lord has made, and in the light of eternity this moment is the next in an endless chain of beginnings in Him who is the Alpha and Omega.
Besides, unlike yesterday or tomorrow, this moment, this very one, is all I have to give to Him, to pack it with all the love, worship, and adoration His Spirit enables me to.
This moment I give to Him, even as I write, even as you read, because when we give Him back what He has given us, it is filled with the beauty and glory of Christ Jesus who gave His life so that we can have life and have it more abundantly. (John 10:10-11)
Perhaps this is also what Jesus meant when He said, “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38) Only God is able to give more than we give to Him every moment of every day. He “is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever.” (Eph. 3:20-21)
Note to Self – Just for Today: “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Cor. 10:31)