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LET’S DO THIS-By Heidi McLaughlin

Posted: June 12, 2022

Based on electrochemical brain activity, our present moment lasts about 200 milliseconds.[1] In a millisecond all of life is behind us and the future looms before us as one big unopened gift. Aren’t you eager to open it? I have this sign in my home that says: “LET’S DO THIS”…whatever “this is.” For me it means to step into the now and savour the sweetness of the moment.

Right now many of you are thinking that your present moment is anything but sweet. But think about this. This moment will never come again so are you living it to the best of your ability? As my days before me are shorter than the days behind me, I am savouring every moment and treasuring them in my heart.

Because I can never relive them in the same way.

You may be thinking that you probably never want to see these moments again, and I completely understand that. But this I know. In the painful and hard moments God is preparing us to step into the future moments with more wisdom, compassion, strength and insight.  Everything in the past is all preparation for the future. So allow the past to shape you and step into that future with courage and anticipation. No matter how difficult life is, there is goodness in every moment.

God’s plans for us are good.

So let the Bible spur you on:

“ Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.” (Philippians  3:13)

“For I know the plans I have for you, ”declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.  (Jeremiah 29:11)

The number one regret when dying is this: “ I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”[2] Take a moment to Google regrets when dying and ponder to see if one of those regrets fits you. Don’t let the struggles and pain of the past define your present moment. Today is a new day so LET’S DO THIS!

  • Hit the SEND button for your written proposal.
  • Go back to church.
  • Call a friend and go for a walk and lunch.
  • Buy those funky shoes.
  • Join that Bible Study/or book group.
  • Learn to play piccle ball, join that lawn bowling group.
  • Start a podcast.
  • Start praying .
  • Say “thank you” more often.
  • Be generous.
  • Let the other person have their say.

Be true to who God made you to be. Get out of your familiarity, your comfort zone. Your best potential and possible miracle is out there waiting for you to claim it. All you have to do is say “yes.”

What is something you’ve longed to do but haven’t had the courage to pursue it. What is holding you back? Open up your hands, palms up and give this possibility to God. JUST DO IT


[1] https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/going-out-not-knowing/201610/how-long-does-the-present-last#:~

[2] https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2012/feb/01/top-five-regrets-of-the-dying

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