At the beginning of September on Tynemouth beach, I became a fiancée! Engagement is undoubtedly one of the most exciting chapters; a time filled with anticipation and preparation. And of course, lots of planning!
Amidst all the excitement though, part of me has been disheartened and worried about the prospect of putting so much time and energy into planning a wedding that could be affected by the restrictions Covid might bring. This, and the thought of potentially not being allowed to have all our loved ones there to celebrate with us, was stealing the joy from what should be such a joyful time!
I realised I had been allowing potential problems to steal the joy that I should have been experiencing. This caused me to reflect on the importance of living in the moment and enjoying the here and now.
The word ‘enjoy’ comes from the Old French word ‘enjoier’ which means to ‘give joy to’.
This suggests enjoyment is a choice!
You can give joy to things, or you can allow worry to steal the joy from life. God has been reminding me to be intentional about enjoying the present. There is a reason it is called the present – it is a gift. He wants us to enjoy the gift in each day, and instructs us to
‘rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances’
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
‘The Passion’ translation of the Bible translates Jesus’ words like this:
‘Refuse to worry about tomorrow, but deal with each challenge that comes your way, one day at a time. Tomorrow will take care of itself’
Rather than focusing on what might be, I have decided to take one day at a time, and cross any the bridges of the future when I come to them.
I want to encourage you to do the same, and rejoice in the present. Each day of life is a gift. Circumstances may be challenging, and things may feel pretty bleak, but what can you ‘give joy to’ in the here and now?
I love this quote from T.D Jakes
‘Each day is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift to Him’.
This time is difficult in many ways, but it is also a gift. What can you ‘give joy to’ today?
Written by Steph Young (Hope City Newcastle) as part of the SHE IS Collective Blog Series