Live for TODAY–Not Yesterday or Tomorrow

Counting down to the final week or so of the Ultimate Blog Challenge for July – and here’s post #23. I shared this today on my Facebook page, but it seems like a good blog post that complements the series I finished recently about Facing Your Fears and Moving Forward.


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I’m not sure why we do it – but it’s all too easy to linger in the past, regretting things we did wrong or longing for something to be the same as it was – or worrying and stressing over the future.

The thing is, we can’t do anything about either the past or the future–we can (should) only live for today!


“My personal definition of *anxiety* is mentally leaving where you are and getting into an area of the past or the future. One of the things we need to understand is that God wants us to learn to be ‘now’ people. Too often we spend our time in the past or the future.

We need to learn to live now–mentally as well as physically and spiritually. Calm down and lighten up! Laugh more and worry less. Stop ruining today worrying about yesterday or tomorrow–neither of which we can do anything about. We need to stop wasting our precious ‘now’ because it will never come again.

The next time you are tempted to get anxious or upset about something–especially something in the past or the future–think about what you are doing and turn your mind to what is going on today.

Learn from the past, and prepare for the future–but LIVE IN THE PRESENT.”

–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You” [Day July 23]



 Living with regrets to the point that they consume you…or stressing and worrying about the future to the point that it makes you sick, physically and mentally…is no way to live — certainly not a joyful or victorious way to live.


Sometimes I find it takes a conscious effort and even saying out loud that I refuse to think about certain things from the past or worry about the future.  I’d rather focus on today, on the people I care about, and the blessings God has given me.


How about you? Do you struggle with letting go of the past or worrying about the future? How do you or can you successfully live for today?

5 thoughts on “Live for TODAY–Not Yesterday or Tomorrow”
  1. I let stress and worry consume me. Sometimes it is the way I am able to get done what needs done but lately things are out of my control and I am learning to accept the things I cannot change or have any control over. Oh yeah by the way, I just stopped by from the Ultimate Blog Challenge LOL Great post, sure made me think. I suffer from major depression and it can get pretty dark for me. But I am a fighter and I refuse to give up! Have a great rest of the week!

  2. I totally agree. It’s easy for me to agree – in theory. It’s so much harder for me to shake off the past and walk in today as if I’ve forgiven myself for the mistakes of the past. I spent a lot of time learning that I can forgive myself as I have been forgiven by God, and moving into my destiny. Great, great post.

    Elizabeth T, Early Riser

  3. Quite right. Now is the only reality. If we can learn from past mistakes, all the better. I enjoy every day, just the way it is. I’m so lucky to have lived a full life, and experienced love.
    Francene Stanley recently posted..July 24th

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