The Now:

     How easy it is to lose the moment by yielding to passive thinking.

      "Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is    right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart]."
     Philippians 4:8   (Amplified Bible)

     Continually.  Continually.

     This was written by a Soldier of The Cross who was in a wretched prison for being faithful to his calling, and he was deserted and scorned by many.

     This is not a suggestion about positive thinking.  Rather it is a commandment, a protection and a release to being able to hear the Holy Spirit.  It makes a place for Peace.

      Obeying this requires the affirmative decision to reject the thought that seems so powerful.  That thought is almost always something negative, and is the rehashing of solutions for the unresolved or reliving guilt or bitterness.  Another common trap is the focus on a significant personal success such as a well a received speech or a high compliment or award.  While those are good events, reliving them over and over tends to create a craving for the same kind of high.

     Soldier, you may have only a few years.  Perhaps only a few days.  Live them in obedience and take this matter over and over to The One who so tenderly cares about your struggle.

     Tell Him today.