I came accross two remarkable quotes about how to live in the present and how to deal with tragedy or sorrows in the present.
“Let us keep control over our mind in the face of the distractions of the exterior world. Without ascetic effort, our mind will never be able to remain constantly in God. It is from now, in this life, that we must learn to dwell in God, just as our spirit will dwell in God after death.” Elder Sophrony Sakharov, Words of Life, page 39
Remember the Larger Picture
Day 197, Grief Share
“Sometimes when you ask why, He answers by reminding you of the eternal picture. Learn to live your life in light of eternity. Live each day from the perspective of one whose life lasts forever.
Dr. Joseph Stowell says, ‘I can’t underscore enough how important it is to prepare for grief and sorrow ahead of time. One of the ways to do that is to get a grip on eternity, on the world to come. Learn to live here in the light of there so that you are seeing all of your daily affairs and daily routines in light of the world to come. You need to see all of your interactions and reactions and value systems in light of the value systems of the world to come. Then when grief or sudden loss or wrenching sorrow and deep disappointment shatter your world, you are already schooled in all the realities that give you strength in that moment.’
There is much more to this life than just doing your best day by day until you die. The big picture is that a glorious eternity is in store for those who know the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
‘Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off’ (Proverbs 23:18 nasb).
‘And this is what he promised us—even eternal life’ (1 John 2:25).
Eternal Savior, thank you that You have given me abundant life through a relationship with You. Every time I get bogged down with life on this earth, remind me of the reality of a glorious, eternal future in heaven. Amen.”
I think living life now as if we are already in eternity is an awesome, mysterious task well worth the effort, as we are practicing to be with God forever here and now.