The "Golden Years"

Are you lying in bed tonight thinking, "I can't wait until I retire...no more rat race, no more job hassles, no more problems with the kids. I'll have time to do things I've always wanted to do!" It's easy to be lulled into thinking that the years ahead will be the "golden years."

The problem with these reveries is that the "golden years" aren't ahead; they're here and now! You say, "What! I don't believe it. With all I've been going through, this can't be the best there is!" Don't be so sure.

As I listen to the testimony of many elderly partners, I'm convinced that one of Satan's most subtle tactics is not to keep us in bondage to the past-but the future! He claps with glee every time he can get one of you to whittle away your time by thinking about how great things are going to be, without doing anything to change the here-and-now! He loves to see you use daydreams as an escape hatch to avoid doing what God has called you to do today.

God wants you immersed in the present, working hand-in-hand with Him every day as His agent of creativity and change. As the psalmist sang, "This is the day which the Lord has brought about; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Save now, we beseech You, and give us success" (Psalm 118:24-25, AMP).

God loves you and wants to answer your prayer. Say this prayer with me:

Heavenly Father, forgive me for being "lost" in the future...not living fully today. Keep me aware that this is the day You have made and help me to rejoice and be glad in it, focusing on being an overcomer today, so that my tomorrows will all be "golden" for me with You. In Jesus' Name, Amen.


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