The Moment We Have

The Moment We Have

July 25, 2019

I have been pondering the relationship between Philippians 3:13-14 and the admonition of James 4:13-17.  Apostle Paul connects past experience and future anticipation.  James appears to be thinking about the present.  What is the balance in all of this?

There is value in remembering our past.  The positive memories encourage us and the negative ones help us try to avoid repeating them.  Trying to live the current moments through the mindset of the past will defeat our usefulness.  Our accomplishments are not sufficient for today.  Our hurts need not determine who we are now.

While planning for the future is valid and appropriate, we must remember that it is only a hope or a dream.  We may not be on Planet Earth tomorrow.  If we stake our joy on what might be ahead, we may forfeit the benefit of usefulness today.

When we study the context of the writings of James and Paul, there is a balance of past, future and the present focus that Jesus’ followers should have.  These men knew the joy of past experience – positive and hurtful – and they were future focused – ultimately anticipating being with Jesus in Heaven.  It is obvious that they lived in the present.  Paul expressed this when he talked about contentment “in whatever circumstance.”

I am encouraged by the song:  “We have this moment to hold in our hand and to touch as it slips through our fingers like sand.  Yesterday’s gone and tomorrow may never come, but we have this moment today.”

Letting go, living now and longing to be with Jesus, when in balance, results in usefulness and honor to God.  The current moment is a precious gift.

1 thought on “The Moment We Have”

  1. Thank you God, thank you pastor, sometimes my foes from my past enter my thoughts to make me feel bad, because Satan likes to play his games. I’ll just keep my trust and focus on God and my savior Jesus Christ and I will have peace. Thank you for the insite. Love y’all

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

RECENT POSTS

It Is Time

By wvbaptist | June 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

June 3, 2020 It was perhaps 18 years ago that a couple of people suggested I should write a weekly blog. I did not know what a “blog” was, but Ponder with Pastor Bill came out of that idea. It […]

Did Jesus Feel Confined?

By wvbaptist | May 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

May 20, 2020 It feels strange, almost wrong, for me to ask this question: How could the Creator and Controller of the universe be held in captivity by it? I hope I am not dabbling in something inappropriate, but this […]

Dark Cloud – Silver Lining

By wvbaptist | May 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

May 13, 2020 Creator God gives us a statement of beauty and hope when He puts a silver lining around a dark cloud in the sky. He reminds us that the darkness is temporary and there is something more powerful […]

Poder Increíble 

By wvbaptist | May 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

Meditación con el pastor Bill 6 de mayo de 2020 Sentado en mi silla de tratamiento esta semana frente a una ventana que me daba una vista para el Monte St. Helens, cubierto de nieve sobre un fondo azul cielo. […]

Amazing Power

By wvbaptist | May 6, 2020 | 1 Comment

May 6, 2020 My treatment chair this week faced a window that provided a frame for Mount St. Helens, covered with snow against a sky-blue background. It was a magnificent scene, and I had plenty of time to enjoy it […]

Scroll to Top