The Importance of Living in the Present Moment

Most people live their lives with one foot in the past and the other in the future, and piss on the present. It does not just mean missing opportunities, it is an offense to the Creator who created us to enjoy the present moment with Him without past guilt or future worries.

God’s presence is in the present. King David said, “You (God) show me the path of life. In your presence, there’s fullness of joy; and in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Ps. 16:11) King David found the ultimate happiness in God’s presence. Many people think God’s presence can only be found after we die, but King David was not talking about an afterlife experience.

When Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of God,” he was using the present tense, meaning God’s kingdom, or God’s presence, is not just something of the future but can be found right at this moment, and he suggested that we find it before we look for what to wear and what to eat. (Mat. 6:25-34) If God’s kingdom is only in the future, we will starve to death before we find it.

After all the Bible says God’s kingdom is from eternity to eternity. That means from eternity past to eternity future. It encompasses the present moment. The kingdom of God is like the sky above our head, every time we look up, the sky is always there no matter how far we travel. Therefore, the kingdom of God can be found right at this moment.

Let me use a Taoist metaphor to describe the kingdom of God. A little goldfish was asking his mother goldfish, “I’ve heard about the ocean, mom. Where can I find it?” The mother fish replied, “You are in the ocean. You can’t see it, but you are in it, and it’s all around you.” In the same way, the presence of God is all around you.

So don’t ruin the present with the worry for the future and regret for the past. Seize the present moment. The outcome is magical. Jesus said, “But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Mt 6:33) The magic is “all these things” will be given to you. That means all your needs will be provided and everything will fall together when you treasure the present moment.