My 3-year-old has no concept of time. “Is it Tuesday?” she asks on Saturday. “Is it nighttime?” she asks when a cloud covers the sun.
But she 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!
The apostle Paul writes: “See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation!” (2 Corinthians 6:2).
What are you doing “now”? Will you use it to make a difference?
This message is excerpted from “How can we approach ‘right now’ with enthusiasm and awe?” by Sarah Carson from the October 26, 2020, blog of the Women of the ELCA. Today we commemorate The Martyrs of Japan, 1597.
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