One of my favorite parts about summer is getting behind the boat and going for a wake board ride. I’ve enjoyed the sport for the past ten years and love challenging myself to learn new tricks and improve each summer.
When I was first learning how to clear the wake (jump from one side of the wake to the other), a friend of mine gave me some great advice, advice that applies not only to the sport of wake boarding, but to life with Christ as well.
His advice? Spot your landing.
Rather than looking down at the water, or the approaching wake that is right in front of you, he told me to look across the wake to the exact spot where I wanted to land. And for some reason, it works every time.
Colossians 3:1-2 challenges us to something similar…
So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective. (The Message)
If you want to have success in a sport like wake boarding, you can’t spend your time worrying about the wave right below your feet. You need to fix your eyes on the goal, the spot where you want your feet to land. This takes faith, it takes trust, and it takes giving up control.
The same is true in our walk with Christ.
It’s so easy to get caught up in right here and the right now – to shuffle along, absorbed in the monotony of day to day life. But Colossians 3 challenges us to look up and be alert. To pay attention, not so much to what’s going on around us, but what’s going on around Christ. When he is our goal and our focus, life becomes an adventure.
But aren’t we called live in the moment, seize the day, and be fully present right where we are? How can we spot the landing and appreciate our current moment at the same time?
I believe the answer is hope. Yes, we have been given everything we need for contentment in the present, but we’ve also got eternity set in our hearts. We need to remember, the spot on which we stand, is just the launching pad to our ultimate destination. Part of what makes us most fully alive in the present is a constant awareness of our future with Christ. And not just in eternity, but here on earth as well.
Do you ever struggle with being content in the present, but also filled with a longing and desire for the future? How do you deal with this battle? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.