Let Every Moment Stand Alone

The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 25

But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load. 

–Galatians 6:4-5 (ESV)

Abandoned souls believe, with an unshakeable confidence and faith, that what the holy will does in each moment of time is what is best. They do not look for other, better moments. They do not compare moments, or try to figure out the logical connections between the various parts of the order of God. For what is this but the sheer striving of self-love?

–Jean Pierre de Caussade

We should adopt a view of the present moment that is similar to what the apostle Paul said, in Galatians 6:4-5, about the saints of God. Using Paul’s words as a model, we can say something like this: Let every moment of your life prove its own value and carry its own weight, for that is what God intended. Learn to appreciate each moment as a unique gift from God, and understand that its value does not depend on other moments that may come later.

Adopt this view, and you will find that each moment has its own unique cause for boasting, so to speak. Do not value a moment because it has the potential to lead to a better moment. For in doing so, you are not really receiving what the moment has to offer. Yes, you do what you do in order to create a better future for yourself, and yes, what you do now does affect your future. But preparation for the future is part of your present duty, and has value in and of itself, even if that future never comes. When your duty is to prepare for the future, receive the present moment of preparation and be content.

We live in a world of cause and effect, where everything is interconnected with bewildering complexity. It takes faith, therefore, to receive each moment as a standalone moment. But only by doing so can you answer the call of the moment to abandon yourself to the providence of God.

The Holiness of the Here and Now is a daily devotional that I am currently working on. When I am finished, there will be 365 chapters like the one above. Meanwhile, I am sharing this work-in-progress. Like the Facebook page to see content like this in your feed.