Are you familiar with who Bear Grylls is? He’s a crazy man. His name is Edward Michael Grylls but he is known by the world as Bear Grylls.
He is probably most well known for his television series Man vs. Wild. He is one who is world renown for being able to survive in the wild. He served in the British military as a member of the SAS. He’s a man’s man and looks fear in the face and tackles it.
NBC has a new program called Running Wild with Bear Grylls. It is an adventure program where well known celebrities go into the wild with him. They’re dropped out of a helicopter and have to travel over the course of 48 hours from their drop point to their extraction point, overcoming a variety of natural obstacles and literally eating off the land.
The first episode featured Zac Efron. While he’s a superstar on the big screen, he was stretched to the max and had to overcome some insane obstacles. You can view it here. The thing Zac said he loved most about the adventure was living in the present. He wasn’t thinking about work, things in the past or things in the future. He had to be fully present and focus on the issue at hand. Those words will preach, literally.
Matthew 6:25-30 says,
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?”
Don’t miss the powerful message in those words.
The enemy successfully steals our peace, our focus, and our time when he can draw us into worrying about what has been or what is to come instead of focusing on the present. Let’s face it, the only thing we have any control over is the present.
God promises us His peace [John 14:27]. However, we must keep our focus on Him and what is right before us in order to maintain that peace. When we fail to keep our focus there, we begin to sink into anxiety and stress as Peter sank into the sea [Matthew 14:22-32].
We cannot change the past. We are not guaranteed the future. The only thing we have influence over is the moment we’re in, the present. Refuse to be pulled into anxiety and stress. Instead, live in the present and focus there. When you do, the things you accomplish may even blow your own mind.
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