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Ready Stance
1/2/2015 7:01:43 AM by: Susan Lyttek

Ready Stance: Looking Forward and Backward, but Living Now

 

Karl and I had an interesting conversation last month. I was asked, in a virtual interview, what day or time I’d like to relive or do over. I said ‘none’. My reasoning was, how could I believe that I’d handle a bad time any better? And as far as a good day, if I knew I was reliving it, I’d be too focused on savoring to actually live and totally blow the experience.

“Besides,” I said. “All the days that have been make me into who I am now. Why would I want to mess with that and change who God made me?”

Karl agreed with not wanting to relive a day, but his reasoning was quite different. (I didn’t really understand his reasoning, so I can’t summarize it here, but that’s nothing new. Karl’s application of logic has been known to befuddle entire online gaming communities.) Suffice it to say that neither of us want to go back in time. At least not reliving one of our own days!

On the cusp of the year it’s easy to look back and plan ahead. Since I write an annual Christmas letter (posted last week), the overarching theme of the previous year is still vivid. And with that, I know what I failed to do and what I’d like to rectify in this new year. After all, “he who fails to plan, plans to fail,” right?

Well, yes. And no.

God does not want us to dwell on the past, but he wants us to consider it and learn from it.

Nor does God want us to dwell on the future, but to hope for it and to remember his promised victory.

Most of God’s comments to mankind, about life, have to do with today. As a visual person, this is how I imagine it. (Warning: You can tell I drew this because of the elaborate stick figure.)

 

 

As we stand balanced in today, one foot rests in the past to remember how God has blessed us and loved us and carried us. One foot sits in the future to hope for the fulfillment of God’s promises and to look forward to Christ’s coming.

In tae kwon do, this is called ready stance. All the weight is centered on today. And because of that balance, we can move as needed. We are ready for the changes that come.

This year, let us live fully in today, using the past and the future as God intended.

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