Seizing and Enjoying the Moment


Intimacy doesn't just happen without effort, but neither can it be programmed to happen. Intimacy develops and deepens when couples seize the daily experiences that draw them together.

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all. Galatians 6:10

Teresa and I have often found the "joy of now" being stolen by past disappointments or future anxieties. It is amazing how difficult it sometimes is just to deal with the present. But great joy began to come as we have learned to "seize the moment" and make the most of every opportunity to do good.

Intimacy develops and deepens as couples seize the daily experiences that draw them together. Intimacy doesn't just happen without effort, but neither can it be programmed to happen.

Couples grow in closeness, for example, as they encounter one another spiritually, emotionally, or physically. Such encounters can include ecstatic moments of common joy, tearful sharing of genuine apology, or an affectionate embrace. It is during these intimate encounters that couples learn to deepen their marital closeness. Those things are far more likely to happen as a couple learns to live in freedom from hurts from the past and fears over the future.

Christ is our example of living every day in the freedom of the present. Jesus was not hindered by any failures from yesterday or fears of tomorrow. Unlike Him, we experience failures. But with confession, forgiveness, and comfort, the Great Physician frees us to enjoy today's goodness (see Matthew 5:4, James 5:16, and 1 John 1:9). Unlike Him, we experience fears of the future. But with the reassurance of His perfect love, our fears are "cast out" and give way to present joy (see 1 John 4:18-19).

Imagine the abundance, intimacy, and joy of a husband and wife—unencumbered by past pain or future fears—seizing His goodness together.

What past pains or future fears do you and your spouse need to release today so that you can enjoy "now" together?

Father, might we seize today's opportunities to enjoy You and each other. Help us to put aside the pain of yesterday and the fears over tomorrow.

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