Addicted to Anticipation


We need not feel guilty for always needing to look forward. As believers, we are to live in the present with our eyes on tomorrow.

Christians are, by the nature of our faith, inveterate anticipators.

I have always been addicted to the future. As a child I looked forward to my next birthday, to the next summer vacation, the next special event.

Sometimes I was made to feel guilty about that. Someone would speak on the need to be content in Christ, to relax and find peace in Him, and I’d wonder what was wrong with me that I always needed something to look forward to.

Those who spend every minute planning the next rush to keep their minds occupied should occasionally slow down and become introspective.

Clearly something is wrong with a desperate need to fill your days so you don’t have to face yourself.

However, I know that God knows me and understands my frame and remembers that I am dust (Psalm 103:14).

I can look forward to tomorrow. I can anticipate good things. I can even anticipate hard, challenging, difficult times that will result in growth.

I no longer feel guilty for always needing to look forward. Believers are to live in the present with our eyes on tomorrow. Striving to serve Christ in spite of ourselves is the stuff of our lives. We can begin afresh and anew every day.

We want to see things, do things.

God will put people in our paths: some for us to help and some to help us. The future, with its events and personalities and even its uncertainties, lies ahead like an uncharted sea.

Pain and disappointment are certain, as are health problems and even death.

Yet these merely reinforce our addiction to the future. Jesus told His disciples, and thus us, that He has gone to prepare a place for us. “I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am” (John 14:3).

We’re addicted to the future, because when that endless tomorrow arrives, all else will pale.

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