From the desk of Andrew Burchett...

In the Back to the Future trilogy of movies, Marty McFly has all sorts of adventures going back in time and heading to the future.  The date in the future he visited was October 21st 2015.  That is today’s date. 


The movie featured some advancement in technology that have come true and explained the Chicago Cubs finally won the World Series this year.  While the Cubs are still playing, I’m not sure that “prediction” is going to come true like some of the others.


The crazy scientist in the movie named Doc explained that if you met your future self, the whole universe and space-time continuum may implode.  I don’t think I would want to meet my future self if it was possible to do so.  While we are fascinated by what the future will hold and how things will turn out in our lives, there is great value to me in living in this moment.


Second Corinthians 5:7 says, “For we walk by faith and by sight.”  God wants to lead us, guide us and grow us in and through every moment.  He desires for us to seek Him first and His kingdom, promising us that He will then arrange all the other details of our lives (Mt. 6:33).   Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.”  Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”  Proverbs 16:9 reminds us, “The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.”


There is a moment by moment walking with God that I have experienced that gives significance and meaning to every second of every day.  There is great joy produced in our hearts when we focus on God and invite Him to come and lead us.  Great meaning can be found in life when you talk with God constantly throughout the day, asking Him for guidance on even small decisions.  When we watch for where His hand is moving and then giving Him credit we learn and relearn that God really is gracious, generous, thoughtful, kind, patient and powerful. 


It is my prayer that we, as Jesus followers, would imitate Him by being fully emotionally and spiritually present in the moment.  While we dream about how great the future will be and wait expectantly to do great things with and for God, I don’t want to miss what Jesus has for me to experience today. 


In the last Back to the Future movie, Jennifer wonders why a note she brought back from the future was suddenly erased.  Doc answered, “It means your future hasn't been written yet. No one's has. Your future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one, both of you.”  God is writing our future as we live every moment today.  He is shaping us, teaching us, preparing us and molding us.  Like the clay that is being shaped by the Potter’s hand, I want to cooperate and allow Him to form me.  As for me, I will be happy not going back to future, I want to get the most out of this moment given to me today.