One of my dad’s expressions that has stuck with me over the years is “Wherever you are, be there.” He said it in the context of playing basketball or baseball. He was trying to encourage me to stay focused, to stay in the game and not dwell on the last shot I missed or the last time at bat when I struck out. “If you think too much about what just happened or worry too much about what might happen, then you won’t be a part of what’s happening now.”
I’m grateful for those times of playing catch or shooting baskets in the driveway with my dad. I’m even more grateful for the words of advice and encouragement. “Wherever you are, be there.” Yesterday is in the past and tomorrow may not get here. If we focus too much on either one of those days, we’ll miss out on what’s happening right here, right now on this day.
My prayer for you is that you will embrace today. Yes, we should learn from the mistakes of yesterday. And yes, we should plan for tomorrow but we should never let yesterday or tomorrow keep us from focusing on today. Wherever you are, be there.