Did you ever watch the movie Click with Adam Sandler? Here is a guy who gets to control his life with a remote control. You have to admit, it does sound rather cool to be in control of your life this way. He is able to rewind, pause and fast forward.
He found himself fast forwarding through a lot of his life. If it took too long to get ready for the day, he would just fast forward. If he didn’t want to take time and do something boring, yep, he would fast forward. If he got sick, you guessed it, he fast forward.
The remote had a feature where it started to adjust for his preferences. Before he knew it, he missed his life as he fast forwarded through it. Eckhart Tolle in The Power of Now writes that anxiety comes when we focus too much on the past, and worry comes when we focus too much on the future. It is best to be present in the “now.”
The Apostle Paul writes in Philippians 4:4 (CEB): Be glad in the Lord always! Again I say, be glad!
Instead of fast forwarding, what if we took this verse into our lives at the present moment? What if we paused for a minute to lift up praises or thanks right now? What a joy that would bring. Let us practice each day to take a moment to seek something that we are thankful for in our lives. Be glad in the Lord always! Again I say, be glad!