More Thinking; say it isn’t so!

See? I told you I’d write some more about this today. Oh yes, I remember, that was yesterday, but look: It’s still today!

That proves it: HA!tumblr_mjf7dbc1FD1s2r067o1_500

Since yesterday, when it was “today” and today where it’s still “today” I’ve had another thought; yikes!

It could be that while we were on our recent adventure through Ecclesiastes with the Teacher, I might have spend too much time under the sun chasing after the wind; maybe that is why I’m now convinced that tomorrow never comes, and the “future” is a scam.

In both cases, “tomorrow” and “the future” only exist from the point of view of the past, but we live in the present whether we want to or not: It is always “Today”.

Tomorrow never comes.

“One of these days” and “some day” also never come; they are frauds.

Here’s an example: Once upon a time, my Dad told 9 year old Me that “one of these days real soon” he’d take me to Catalina Island, but not today. 40 plus years have passed, but “one of these days real soon” never happened because every single day is “today”.

I still have never been to Catalina Island.

I am thankful for my Dad, even though we never went to Catalina, because he taught me very well; I was trained to say the right things when I heard the voice of an authority figure. I knew immediately how to respond the day I heard, after a manner of speaking, His voice when it called my name: I said, “Sir!”

That’s when I heard it the second time: “Follow Me!” I did what I was trained to do.

“Yes Sir!”

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

Hebrews 3:13

As has just been said: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.”

Hebrews 3:15

In the same way, Christ did not take on himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to him, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father.”

Hebrews 5:5

For me to say now that I am thankful that I gave Him the right answer when He called would be quite the understatement; thanks Dad, for otherwise I might have said “OK, one of these days real soon, Lord.”

“Tomorrow” never comes, “some day” never comes; “today” is the only day there will ever be. What will you do when you hear His voice?

“Tomorrow” “some day” the “future” are all meaningless; chasing the wind.

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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15 Responses to More Thinking; say it isn’t so!

  1. paulfg says:

    Am I just being mischievous if I took from this that saying “Yes – I will! I will do that today!” might also cover today – over the next forty years?

    😉

  2. Little Monk says:

    OK, Don… now you’ve done it. Now, *I’ve* caught this bug… *I* have a thought…

    You know this is a topic near and dear to my heart. I speak often of grace being in the “I, the Now, the Here”, rather than the “me, there, then”. So these thoughts of yours these days (or this day, lol) have rung deeply in me, and I’ve just settled to listen and see where the Lord would take this.

    This morning, reading this one, an echo came back…

    “Why are we made this way?”

    Rather like my shock some months ago to realize that while we are forbidden to “judge” (katacrino, condemn), nonetheless we are constitutionally fashioned constantly to “measure” and “assess” (krino, distinguish between). And see that resolved when Paulfg asked me the pointed question, “How are we supposed to meet the needs of others around us, if we are incapable of measuring and assessing what those needs are, or how much? That doesn’t mean we ‘value’ the ‘needy’ less than others. It means we serve them.” Eureka! Aha!

    So this morning you have shown me an incredible thing.

    Why are we made this way? Why are we made with this incredible mental/conscious fluidity… gravitating so often and so easily to the past, the future, the otherwhere, the otherwhen, the “if?’, the “what if?”… if God intends us to remain with stability in the “I, the now, the here”? Doesn’t make sense. Seems like a trap, a challenge, a line drawn in the sand. As if we lived on a precipice holding a bomb with a “mercury switch”… a blob of mercury that must never EVER touch the sides of the box… or else like a horrible game of “Operation”… if we slip, and it touches the sides… “BUZZ!!!” “BOOM!!!”…. we lose.

    Well, since I do not believe in a petty, silly God who is out to “get” His kids… I suddenly realized that our fluidity is a necessary component of our relationship with Him.

    We HAVE to HAVE that amorphous texture to our consciousness, for some reason critical to our love relationship with Him, and with one another.

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    No sooner had this realization hit me, than “Bam!” there it was. As if Jesus had had to wait for years until I finally asked the right question and “held my mouth just right” (as a friend of mine says about my fishing)…

    Grace is available to us, accessible to us, only in the here and now. Yes.

    BUT, we do not always see and experience it, given our subjectivity to shadow and illusion. We overcome those challenges by “faith”. By the assurance of things HOPED FOR, and the conviction of things NOT seen. Yes.

    That is… FAITH requires “As If Living”. Walking by faith requires that we walk AS IF, something were true… that we KNOW to be true… but for which we have no (present) evidence as BEING true.

    Psychologically speaking, we could say, this requires the faculty of imagination. The will invests our determination to act into a possibility we choose to believe… but before we can make that choice, we must imagine that hypothetical choice to be true.

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    Bottom line: We can only exercise faith in the here and now, by using the imagination and our mental fluidity and flexibility to conceive of the truth of His promises.

    Our here and now faith, is grounded in our there and then imagination, and the decision to walk in a permanent state of the “As If”.

    Yes, I can hear this ring true. I, by choice, live in a stable state of “As If”. And, day by day, as I walk in that “As If” state, progressively He is realized… and the boundaries, the horizons, become ever greater.

    Thanks, Don. Great gift this!

    Grace to thee — The Little Monk

    • Don Merritt says:

      Very interesting LM; thank you…

      As you know, I have but a simplistic little mind, so I want to be sure I’m following you, for I think you’re really on to something here…

      So are you saying that if we walk along “as if” then “as if” becomes “IS” like a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy? (I can wrap my puny little brain around that one) 🙂

      • Little Monk says:

        Yes, that’s EXACTLY what I’m saying… with the singular proviso that the “As If” is based in a truth, a promise, an element of true relationship with God / Father / Jesus / Spirit that is true… it will thus always find expression in 3 places… scripture, the walk and heart of Jesus of the Gospels, and witness of the Holy Spirit within.

        But yes, when we walk with determination (trembly in the knees or not) As If such a truth were true, in us, with us, for us, OF us… it “opens the pipeline” for transformation as Jesus MAKES it true in our experience… the Prophecy (or Promise) “self fulfills” as Jesus (in our “self”) fulfills it.

  3. Meredith says:

    I like to tell the people that I follow what their writing evokes for me.
    This is a poem AA and Al Anon folks like:

    Yesterday Today and Tomorrow

    There are two days in every week
    about which we should not worry,
    Two days which should be kept free of fear and apprehension.

    One of these days is YESTERDAY, Autumn Road
    With its mistakes and cares,
    Its faults and blunders,
    Its aches and pains.
    YESTERDAY has passed forever beyond our control.

    All the money in the world cannot bring back YESTERDAY.
    We cannot undo a single act we performed;
    We cannot erase a single word we said.
    YESTERDAY is gone.

    The other day we should not worry about is TOMORROW
    With its possible adversities, its burdens, its larger promise.
    TOMORROW is also beyond our immediate control.

    TOMORROW, the sun will rise,
    Either in splendor or behind a mask of clouds,
    But it will rise.
    Until it does, we have no stake in TOMORROW
    For it is as yet unborn.

    This leaves only one day – TODAY.
    Any man can fight the battles of just one day.
    It is only when you and I add the burdens of those two awful eternities
    – YESTERDAY and TOMORROW –
    That we break down.

    It is not the experience of TODAY that drives men mad.
    It is remorse or bitterness for something which happened YESTERDAY
    And the dread of what TOMORROW may bring.

    Let us, therefore, live but ONE day at a time.

  4. pipermac5 says:

    Perhaps the concept of “tomorrow” still has value, even if it is just a date on the calendar. I am not a morning person, but I do like my coffee just about as soon as I get up, so knowing that, if I want to make my coffee with the least hassle “tomorrow morning”, I get my coffee-maker ready before I go to bed. I knew yesterday that I was supposed to take a friend to a doctor’s appointment “tomorrow morning”, so I set my alarm clock for the appropriate time so that I was ready in time to take him to that appointment. I know that Saturday morning, I have to get up at “way-too-early-thirty” to take three friends to the airport, because they have to get there at “O’stupid-thirty” for their flight. I also have a note on my calendar that next Wednesday I have to pick one of those friends up from the airport. I just scheduled a doctor’s appointment for early April.

    We live in “today”, but without planning for “tomorrow”, teachers wouldn’t prepare lesson-plans for their students, pastors wouldn’t prepare sermons for their congregations, doctor’s offices wouldn’t schedule appointments for their patients, airlines wouldn’t book passengers on their flights or schedule pilots to fly those planes, and a myriad of other things wouldn’t get planned and done.

    “Tomorrow” may always be a day away, but if we don’t plan for it, we will be merely treading-water until we figure it out.

    God bless!

    Steve

    • Don Merritt says:

      So are you telling me that preachers actually plan sermons ahead of time, and teachers actually plan lessons ahead of time; they don’t just stand up and do it like I do?

      So that’s what I’m doing wrong???

      Wow, how did I miss that? 🙂

  5. Alan Baglien says:

    Never given permission to quit thinking, not if we read proverbs.

  6. Great set of posts, thank you!

  7. Someone once drew a picture for me. As we step out into the darkness, it is illuminated by the soft glow of candle light. With each step, we can see neither behind us nor in front, only the very step we are taking. We live each moment, a step at a time, our act of faith in each step, as we walk, moment by moment, holding the hand of God.
    Sometimes, we stop, and in our mind’s eye, look back on the way we’ve come, and see where God has guided us, through gentle pastures or over treacherous terrain.
    It is all adventure until we are safely home.
    Amen.

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