God wants you to live with overwhelming joy. Following Christ is not just going to heaven when you die, it is abundant, joy-filled life here and now. So what is the key to happiness?
Recently a twenty-year study by Mayo Clinic revealed that the key to happiness was living positively in the moment.
Don’t you love it when scientists and doctors confirm what we already know to be true from God’s Word?
Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. Matthew 6:34 MSG
The Bible calls us to live in the moment with our focus on God, on his provision and goodness.
One of the biggest challenges we face is not having the strength for today because we’ve used it up on yesterday’s regrets or tomorrow’s concerns. Anxiety splits our energy between past mistakes and future fears.
If we want to enjoy life in the moment we must:
Release the Past – To live in the moment we have to release our failures, mistakes, regrets and misfortunes. We may still recall the past, but it doesn’t control us anymore.
Resist Tomorrow – The future seems uncontrollable and uncertain but God never intended that we would face the future with uncertainty. God knows everything. The future will never surprise him. He knows the future and he has a plan.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
Develop the Skill of Living Positively in the Moment – Focus on what you can do TODAY. Make a gratitude list. Treasure the relationships in your life. Focus on the positive even in the negative. Execute keystone habits like exercise and healthy eating. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Connect authentically with God.
Real joy is only found in God. We cannot do anything significant or worthwhile alone, but if we connect with God, we can live life to the fullest in each and every moment.