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There are three places we can live—in the past, in the present, or in the future.
Some people live in the past. They are always looking back. Their lives are so weighted down by mistakes, failures, regrets, and sins of the past that they don’t enjoy the present.
Others live in the future. They either spend so much time dreaming of the future or dreading it. They worry so much about tomorrow that they miss the joy of today.
The best place to live is in the now. David expressed what ought to be the outlook of all of us when he wrote, “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 18:24).
To make the most of life, to live in and enjoy the now, we need forgiveness for the past and faith for the future. These set us free to make the most of today, and Jesus offers you both of them. He died on the cross so our sins could be forgiven. He tells us not to be worried and anxious about tomorrow but to trust him to take care of us, just as he takes care of the birds of the air and the flowers of the field (Matthew 6:25-26).
With forgiveness for past sins and faith in Christ for future needs, we are free to enjoy today.
The best thing about the past is that it is behind us. The best thing about the future is that it comes just one day at a time. So let’s get in fellowship with God and enjoy them just that way.