If someone were to ask you what was the greatest moment of your life, what would you say? What is the first thing that comes to mind?

I may not know you, but I know that there have been some extraordinary moments in your life: There was the moment you were born—when the clock of your life started ticking and you sucked in your first lungful of breath and the whole adventure started.

There was the moment you took your first step. From that moment on, you were a walker. Your world was never the same. Your mother’s world was never the same.

There was the moment you spoke your first word. From that moment on, you were a talker. It may be you started talking in that moment and haven’t stopped since.

There was the moment you learned how to read a book and a new world opened up to you.

There was the moment you got your first job, made your first friend, went on your first date, experienced your first kiss. I went to a religious college that had firm guidelines about sexual behavior. I used to pray that Jesus would not come back before my wedding night, because I knew it would be the greatest time of my life. (And actually, it was pretty good.)

You may remember the moment you fell in love, the moment your child was born, the moment God became real to you, or the moment you discovered how he had gifted you.

But I want to offer another candidate.

I believe that the greatest moment of your life is this moment right here. This tick of the clock. This beat of your heart.

The greatest moment of your life is now.

Not because it’s pleasant or happy or easy, but because this moment is the only moment you’ve got. Every past moment is irretrievably gone. It’s never coming back. If you live there, you lose your life.

And the future is always out there somewhere. You can spend an eternity waiting for tomorrow, or worrying about tomorrow. If you live there, you likewise will lose your life.

This moment is God’s irreplaceable gift to you. Most of all, this is the moment that matters because this moment is where God is. If you are going to be with God at all, you must be with him now—in this moment.

That is why the psalmist says, “This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

That is why the prophet says God’s mercies never fail because “they are new every morning.”

That is why the apostle Paul says, “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity.”

Ortberg, John. 2009. God Is Closer than You Think. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

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