The Present

by | May 22, 2005 | Time

“I want to know the future,” she said.

She had decisions to make that may very well change her life. It seemed reasonable enough. I mean wouldn’t it be great if you could see the future based on possible choices? Like a touch screen computer. You type in a situation and based on your life, a selection would appear on the screen. Touch “A” and it would tell you the outcome. Touch “B” and the results would appear before you. I bet we’d certainly have exciting lives.

Or would we?

Frankly, I just wouldn’t want to know. How exciting would my life be if I knew exactly what was going to happen? There would be no reason or wonder. Upon arising each morning the day would be planned perfectly with no unexpected turns or surprising outcomes.

Now some of you might think that would be great. But remember, there would be times when a situation would arise and none of the choices would be good. None of the choices would be the outcome you would really want and you would be forced to choose anyway.

“Right now as we speak, your answer is unfolding. Every step you take or every choice you make or refuse to make is causing the future, your future to align perfectly. You are creating the answer even as you lose sleep over it,” I told her. “Then, in a few months, you will know. You’ll look back and think, “Why did I worry so much?”

I thought about it after I left. I was driving home and I could not get it out of my mind. That is until I heard from the “Voice” within I often write about:

“You can predict the future by appreciating the present you give yourself.”

How odd. What “present” do I give myself?

Then it hit me. The “present.” Now. It all depends on how much I appreciate the present, the here and now. My future is determined by how much I value the present.

That’s it!

It brought back the old quote I would share with my audiences.

“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why we call it…”The Present.”

“You can predict the future by appreciating the present you give yourself.”

What you do now, how you see yourself this moment, what you do with your time, will determine what time will give in return.

Time is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift to God.

There’s no better time than…”The present.”

Bob Perks


The Present