“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive you will see it.”-Thinh Nhat Hanb
It is common knowledge in the world of Psychology that depression is related to living in the past while anxiety is likewise being too focused on the future.
That being said, the best place to live is in the moment. Or as the New Age Gurus refer to it: “living in the NOW.”
I have been practicing mindfulness the past six years and I will be the first to admit that my natural ambition in life took a downward spiral. Especially when the Spirit showed me that I didn’t need all of this “stuff” and that I was already wealthy in the spiritual realm.
The result was I had a hard time looking for even a part-time job for nearly a year. I knew all I had to do was take the first step. I even begin to wonder if I needed medication to get me to conform to the pattern of the world.
Now I am facing the same dilemma with taking a second job just so I can pay off a car payment faster (don’t worry as I haven’t taken it out yet).
Nowhere in the Bible will you find a reference to mindfulness. Usually when you think of this practice, you think of eastern religions like Buddhism. That does not mean it is not a biblical concept if it keeps you grounded in the Christ.
The Bible also gives no reference to a “trinity” or a “rapture” either. Do you really think you can limit the Divine to just 66 books? Even the Catholic Church has included the Apocrypha to their Bible. Give them time and the Gnostic gospels may even be added.
Anyway, back to the point of this article. Practicing mindfulness can kill your ambition. Just look at my blog post “how God ruined my life.”
It is okay to have ambition and strive for things. Just don’t get so focused that it hinders the spiritual journey. You will know this is happening if you begin to feel stressed, anxious, or depressed.
As Jesus said, focus on the troubles of today and don’t worry about what tomorrow may bring since the next day is not promised.
Even His own half-brother admonished us to humble ourselves before the Lord toward the end of the book of James when his people were focusing too much on all of these things they were going to do tomorrow and thereafter.
Besides, material wealth is gathered little by little. As you work on a daily basis, your real wealth will continue to grow. You may even surprise yourself by how much you have 20 or 30 years down the road.
Just don’t make material wealth a priority in life. Work hard, set goals, but keep them in proper perspective when it comes to eternal values.
Literally everything we do will not matter in the afterlife as that is a different realm entirely. The Bible even says that the flesh profits nothing. The only thing that matters is our attitude towards God and how we serve our neighbor in love.