I know my way of looking at time—and of trying to cram as much stuff into it as possible—isn’t exactly healthy. I spend a lot of my time getting ready to go somewhere, planning to do something, wishing I had time to be doing something else.
But my 3-year-old has no problem discussing the present. “Right now, I need help with this puzzle,” she insists. “Right now, I’m going to throw a rock into the river, and no one can stop me.” “Right now, I am hungry, and I will have macaroni and cheese and nothing else ever again.”
What if we all approached “right now” with the same fervor as a 3-year-old who wants macaroni and cheese? What could we accomplish?
Right now, I want justice! Right now, I want my neighbor fed! Right now, I want children and families and vulnerable people to be safe!
What are you doing “now”? Will you use the present to regret and daydream? Or will you use it to make a difference?
This message is an excerpt from a Women of the ELCA blog by Sarah Carson. Today is Tuesday in Holy Week.