Sometimes you want to be young again. You want to be without a care in the world. And you wish you were back in grade school, or even middle school, when your GPA didn’t matter so much, when you could enjoy learning for the sake of learning, when the future was vague and wonderful. And you lived in the present.

Today we live in the future, or the past, but not the present. We look back at “the good old days” and what we see and hear in the news has both positive and negative implications for the future. When can we enjoy now? Today? The present?

We must learn contentment, to be like Paul and “know what it is to be in need, and . . . know what it is to have plenty. [He has] learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want” (Philippians 4:12).

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