“Endings are for gratitude, beginnings are for faith.”
– John Piper
If endings are for gratitude, and beginnings are for faith, what are middles for?
One thing I continue to learn is:
This moment is never a throw-away.
Today is not a space to suspend while you wait for something better.
Middles aren’t meant to be wasted.
Middles are meant to be lived.
Yes, we still anticipate change for moments yet to come. And we still look back on moments past to reminisce.
But in this very moment—regardless of what bad or good things are also in it—we are to . . .
- live joyfully,
- love recklessly,
- and believe intensely.
This is the moment God is most present in our lives.
It is the ending of one thing, whether we understand why or not (thank God for it).
It is the beginning of a new thing, however large or small (grasp grace that accompanies it).
There is enough in this moment.
Live it now.
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Are you more prone to look back, to look ahead, or stay in the moment? Let’s discuss in the comments.
revised from the archives
- Links, Books, and Things I Love – August 2017
- A Different Kind of Hospitality – The Turquoise Table