The Gift of Now

The Gift of Now

We welcome guest blogger Nick Luken, a senior at Roger Bacon High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. Nick, a practicing Catholic, spent a day at our St. Anthony Messenger Press headquarters shadowing the editors of St. Anthony Messenger magazine. He hopes to one day become a writer.

Lately, I’ve been seeing time as an enemy rather than as a gift from God or a simple fact of life. After all, I’m a senior in high school, and I have an awful lot of things to do and not much time to do it. I have to fill out college applications, scholarship forms and financial aid requests before December, and I have to stay on top of homework and school

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activities while doing it. Needless to say, I feel pretty overwhelmed. There are times when the stress is so great that I feel like every tick of the clock is someone hammering me into the ground until I finish my daily tasks.

It seems that my idea of time as an enemy is a part of a growing trend in our society. Everywhere I look, people are staring at their watches with their heads down and their legs moving a mile a minute. People like this are constantly looking ahead to the next thing they have to do while they let the present moment slip by.

Rather than enjoy the goodness of now, we worry about the uncertainty of later. Many of us, including me, forget one of Jesus’ greatest teachings: “But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness… Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself.”

All in all, the simple day-to-day worries that we have will work themselves out as long as we let God work in our lives. If we remember to seek God’s kingdom first, God will handle the small things. If we can let go and let God be our guide, we can experience the eternal joy of the present.

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  • Ginger

    Very nice post, Nick!  I’m 60+ and have to keep reminding myself of those words from Jesus’ teaching.  Constantly going on in my head are the thoughts, “I need to….I’d want to….I’d rather be….What if I don’t get this done….What if this doesn’t happen”  Keeping our focus is always a struggle.  You are aware of that at a young age, that’s awesome!  Good luck to you as you continue your life journey and God bless!