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