I live by routine. I am predictable and rarely spontaneous. Yep, on the verge of boring.

This week though, when given the opportunity to break that predictability, I took it. It was great. I enjoyed time with my family ‘on a school night’ socialising and enjoying each other’s company with a night out in Sydney.

Lesson learnt.

I read several ‘thoughts for the day’ arrivals in my inbox each day and one collided with my thinking about this idea of the present, of enjoying the now. Have a read below of what they said at Christianity Works:

How often in our lives have you and I put off something that we know would be good for us and yet somehow, we just never paid it enough attention? Somehow, we never got around to doing it.

It’s the story of our lives, is it not? Me? I find it easy – very easy in fact – to sit on my backside all day working, and not do one of the most important things I can do for my health: get up and move.

What is it in your life? What good thing have you been putting off over and over again because … well, you have some good excuse, hmm?

Psalm 118:24 tells us that today is the day the Lord made and we should rejoice in it. Take it. Grab it. Use it. Enjoy it… now.

I think so often we speak of waiting on the Lord, of waiting for His leading, of waiting on Him… all of that is great and good and a bedrock of our servanthood BUT we, I, perhaps can then not see that we are also meant to access the now; of realising all that He has blessed us with NOW, today.

That’s it really.

Consider, pray into, what God is moving on your heart, that you know you should be doing, being, feeling NOW, so that you can rejoice in this day, as you were created to.


This word of encouragement for Christian educators was written by Dean Bennetts, and distributed in The Bridge newsletter in 2023. Dean is the CEO of Adventist Education in North New South Wales, Australia.