Eternity as a word does not mean endless time. It means the condition of no time at all—no past or future, just a constant present. For God there is no past or future. For God, all is now. (Fr. Thomas Hopko)
Early in sobriety you learn that only Today really matters. It’s also one of the most important unknown, unpracticed secrets of Christianity. You can’t do anything about yesterday or tomorrow. There is only ‘Just for Today’ to live.
At the very, very beginning of sobriety you learn not to to drink ‘One Day At A Time’. Don’t drink ‘Just For Today’ and start all over again tomorrow. Thinking ‘I will never be able to drink again will only get you drunk. It cannot be done. You don’t need God yesterday or tomorrow. You need God right now, right here, present in the moment.
“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”
Matthew 6:34 (The Message Bible)
Many in AA end their prayers with ‘Amen’ and the follow up ‘Just For Today. It cannot be repeated or stressed enough to the new comer.
It seems an impossible thing to do. An impossible way to live. However, It it is the only way we live. You learn to live ‘One Day At A Time’ by living ‘One Day At A Time’. It is like learning to pray by praying. You learn to live ‘One Day At a Time’ by living ‘One Day At A Time.’ Over and over and over again, ‘Just For Today’. It cannot be repeated or stressed enough.
And what if ‘Just For Today’ is to much. Well, you can live one hour at a time. One minute at a time. The important thing is to choose to live in the present moment with God. The truth is, God lives in the present moment with us.
“The most holy and important practice in the spiritual life is the presence of God – that is, every moment to take great pleasure that God is with you.” (Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection – The Practice of The Presence of God)
“Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:20 (The Message Bible)
“O’LORD our God, You gave Your peace to men and sent down the gift of Your All-holy Spirit upon Your disciples and apostles, and by Your power You opened their lips with tongues of fire. Open also my lips and teach me, sinner though I am, how and for what I should pray. Guide my life, O calm Haven of the storm-tossed, and reveal the way in which I should walk. Renew a right spirit within me, and with Your Sovereign Spirit steady my mind, that, guided and guarded each day by Your good Spirit, I may be able to practice Your commandments, always remembering Your glorious presence that looks upon the deeds of men. Let me not be deceived by the corrupting delights of this world, but rather strengthen in me the desire to attain the treasures of the world to come. For blessed and praised are You in all Your saints forever and ever.” (The Ancient Faith Prayer Book – Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou)
First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don’t see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss.
God spoke: “Light!”
And light appeared.
God saw that light was good
and separated light from dark.
God named the light Day,
he named the dark Night.
It was evening, it was morning—
Genesis 1:1-5 (The Message Bible)
“This program (Alcoholic Anonymous) works one day at a time and not any faster.” (My friend Gerry L. – sober 34 years)
So does life my friend. So does life.