There’s a great line in the Shawshank Redemption, “get busy living or get busy dying”.

It raises the question, do you truly live?

I mean live now.

However absurd that question may sound at first, it is legitimate. Living now is incredibly difficult to do.

How many of us really live in the present? This very moment, this second, this hour, even this day?

Do you live without regret? Guilt? Shame? Do you live renewed each day? Refreshed and ready to live joyfully

Or are you burdened with time past? The weight of history on your shoulders. Past sins, shames, past loss, past memories that shackle your joy today.

Many of us live with baggage that burdens our love of life today. Rather than enjoy the present we are locked into our past – it defines our choices, decisions and outcomes. Worse, if we can’t let go it will be like an anchor on our lives stealing the joy.

Maybe, you have accepted the past but belong to the future. Driven by ambition, security, a sacrifice now believing for a better tomorrow philosophy.

Forever chasing the wind, living in the mirage of promise but never present.

The best years are spent living under KPI’s and managemeet targets. Living the if only life … if only I could make this position, or title, or this much money, or win this medal then happiness will endure.

Please don’t misunderstand me, there is nothing wrong with memories. Nothing wrong learning from experience. Nor with setting goals, laying plans and being wise or prudent.

But if either of these rob you of your present then do you truly live?

There really can be a joyful life in the present, and I believe happiness is only achieved in those moments where you are living.

So as Philippians 4:6 says, Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Determine in 2017 to truly live and find joy in the present. First, by not being anchored to your past. Nor living only for the future.