Living in the Present – Florence Scovel-Shinn

Living in the Present - Daily VigilanceJesus Christ said, “Behold, now is the accepted time.” “Now is the day of Salvation.”

Lot’s wife looked back and was turned into a pillar of salt.

The robbers of time are the past and the future. Man should bless the past, and forget it, if it keeps him in bondage, and bless the future, knowing it has in store for him endless joys, but live fully in the now.

A woman came to me, complaining that she had no money with which to buy Christmas gifts. She said, “Last year was so different; I had plenty of money and gave lovely presents, and this year I have scarcely a cent.”

I replied, “You will never demonstrate money while you are pathetic and live in the past. Live fully in the now, and get ready to give Christmas presents. Dig your ditches, and the money will come.” She exclaimed, “I know what to do! I will buy some tinsel twine, Christmas seals and wrapping paper.” I replied, “Do that, and the presents will come and stick themselves to the Christmas seals.”

This too, was showing financial fearlessness and faith in God, as the reasoning mind said, “Keep every cent you have, as you are not sure you will get any more.”

She bought the seals, paper and twine, and a few days before Christmas, received a gift of several hundred dollars. Buying the seals and twine had impressed the subconscious with expectancy, and opened the way for the manifestation of the money. She purchased all the presents in plenty of time.

Man must live suspended in the moment.

“Look well, therefore, to this Day! Such is the salutation of the Dawn.”

Side Note:
Living in the present, is a principle of daily vigilance.

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