SHINE: Release by the Spirit — One Moment at a Time

SHINE! … By the Spirit™ with Tonya M. Evans

One Moment at a Time

© 2010 Tonya M. Evans

December 26, 2010

So much fear of the future and regret of the past could be released if only we’d adhere to this one simple concept: “One day at a time.” It’s a phrase usually associated with 12-step recovery programs like Alcoholics Anonymous, but the phrase can be a powerful meditative phrase for anyone who needs to be reminded that today (in fact this moment) is all we have. And tomorrow is not promised … and no other moment other than “the now” actually exists.

The Bible offers spiritual guidance on this principle as well: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

The teachings of Lao-tzu also echo this sentiment: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu

In The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle explains the lesson this way: “The psychological condition of fear is divorced from any concrete and true immediate danger. It comes in many forms: unease, worry, anxiety, nervousness, tension, dread, phobia, and so on. This kind of psychological fear is always of something that might happen, not of something that is happening now.” (emphasis added)

It is only when we are present and focused on this point in time on life’s journey that we gain spiritual clarity as well as peace and contentment in the leading of Spirit and the knowing that everything you need will be provided. Spirit exists within each of us and connects each of us to the other; and, ultimately, to God.

Imagine “the moment” as that axis of connection between the vertical and horizontal lines of the cross. Perhaps that is the point where our humanity connects to our divinity. Perhaps at that point, is where we can successfully present our requests to God. And just maybe that is where the connection is most clear — free from the doubt, anxiety and fear present when we edge God out (READ: EGO) and choose to go it alone.

So as we enter the final week of 2010 and begin to receive all manner of reminders to make New Year’s Resolutions, resolve instead to plan one day at a time (one moment, even), making your requests known to God in the moment and allowing God equip you for the journey that He plans, rather than the one you (mis)create on your own.

Verses about fear, anxiety and worry

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One Response

  1. What a powerful reminder!

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