My mom is always telling me to slow down and enjoy the moment. As a teenager, I always found myself busy planning the next great event instead of enjoying whatever I was doing at the moment. I could be traveling Europe, but at the same time I would be planning another trip. Living in the future robbed me of enjoying the present.
It’s easy to find ourselves living in the future instead of the present. But this isn’t just limited to making plans.
I think many of us have a hard time loving our present selves.
I got to thinking about this at church yesterday. My friend Trinity spoke and he said something that stuck with me. He reminded us that God loves us NOW. Not some future, cleaned-up version of ourselves. Not our future self that will do daily devotions, that will tithe reguarly or whatever we perceive we “should” be doing. No, He loves us NOW.
How many of us have a hard time loving ourselves NOW?
Maybe we’ll love a future version of ourselves. The future us that will lose ten pounds. That will work out daily. That will run marathons, do triathlons or whatever fitness goal you have set for yourself.
Today I want to encourage you to look in the mirror and love today’s version of yourself. Stop living in the future. Love yourself for who you are NOW. Sure, there are healthier habits we could all have, there are goals and dreams we might want to achieve. But that shouldn’t stop us from loving our present selves.
So let’s engage in a little self pep-talk on this Monday morning.
What do you love about the PRESENT version of yourself? Why do you love yourself NOW?