We always think there are better days ahead. We look forward to the days the kids are grown and can take care of themselves. We dream of the days a bill comes through the door and we can pay it straightaway.
We look ahead to the time we no longer have to go out to work and plan what we’ll do when we retire.
When times are tough it’s natural to look forward to the storm passing, to want to glimpse calmer seas on the horizon.
In the days of keeping up with the Joneses (who incidentally buy most things on credit) we’ve become a dissatisfied people. We want better things, better technology, the latest gadget, to see the latest films etc.
It has become unfashionable to live in the moment and that’s a great pity because that’s where the treasure is.
I know from personal experience that it’s difficult to know contentment sometimes. Everyone else’s grass always looks greener but it isn’t.
They have dissatisfaction and discontent also. You just don’t realise it because you’re looking at their highlight reel on social media.
A picture came up on Facebook today. It was of my youngest daughter standing outside our house shortly after we moved in here.
I couldn’t help but notice how much she’s grown. Her face has lost its baby chubbiness. She’s grown taller. She’s in her penultimate year of Primary school and I just don’t know where that time has flown to.
But I can say this. An awful lot of it I spent waiting for better days, for easier days, for lovelier days .
Jim Elliott, the missionary said “Wherever you are be all there”.
It’s one of the biggest things I struggle with yet it’s so important.
Learn to live your life in the now. It takes practice but it can be done and it’s necessary because while we’re waiting on a bigger and better ship to come along laden with everything we think we possibly need we’re missing out on valuable memories now.
Till next time.
This post was written in response to the Daily Prompt -better.