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TITLE: The Present
By Missey Butler
12/01/05
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The Present
By Missey Butler

Every Christmas Eve my mother would tell me and my brothers that we could go to the living room, pick out one present from under the tree and open it up. Sitting by the crackling fireplace, all dressed in our flannel pajammies, we would scramble toward the bundles of beautifully wrapped boxes and anxiously hold, squeeze and shake each one while our imaginations carried us to great heights of anticipation.

All though no longer a child, this Holiday Season I was given the same wonderful opportunity of opening an early Christmas present given to me by my Heavenly Father and, I don’t mind telling you that this present has ended up being one of the most liberating gifts I have ever received, one that I will forever hold dear.

For so long, I have found myself living my daily life in one of two places, either in the regret of yesterday or the anxiety of tomorrow, but never truly living in the moment of today. My mind always seemed to be engaged in a “tug of war” by being pulled backward or forward which left no room for the peace of a present day reality.

What brought this truth home to me was when I began to get a better understanding of the principles of living in the Kingdom NOW! I began to first see that the Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit and that it’s location was on the inside of ME! (The Kingdom of God is within you) and not only that, but that it was available to me, TODAY and not in some far off distant future! The word clearly tell us, “For the Kingdom of God is at hand”(ref)

Can you imagine what blissful wonder and sheer delight began to pour into my soul as I discovered that Christ is truly my all in all…right now, at this very moment! It's all Him, the whole kit & kaboodle. The word tells us for Christ is all and in all! All my past, all my present and all my future!

For the first time I began to see the beauty and liberty of living in the present! As this truth continued to unfold to me, an interesting thing started to happen. I began to notice the little things of “now living”! For instance, the uninhibited giggle of passing child, the rustling of a gentle wind as it moves across the tree tops, the cold nose of my dog as he nudges my hand hoping to get my attention.

No longer was I rushing passed what seemed to be the ordinary or mundane of daily living at such a fast and furious pace, because there were bigger fish to fry tomorrow. And, no longer was I dealing with left over guilt that was demanding to be heard from something that happened yesterday.

As this Christmas season draws closer, I am thankful to God for allowing me to open “early,” the wonderful present of experiencing the “PRESENT” in all of it’s splendor and glory one savoring moment at a time. I no longer take anything for granted, for tomorrow is promised to no one. (vs) All I have is the gift of this “present” day and when looking through Kingdom eyes, it’s a pretty magnificent scene! The Kingdom of Heaven is not something that we take, but rather something that takes us! It’s an active, living, continual knowing of the person of God in His presence, one glorious moment at a time.

After all, He is our Present…He is the Great I AM!
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