Original

I’m forever sending my family members encouraging blurbs (which they seldom acknowledge!), but when I sent this one, I got a reply.

“When I think about the past, I become resentful. When I think about the future, I get scared. Any day when I think about today is a good day.”

Here is the reply.  “That’s based on an old free verse, mom. Here it is:

I was regretting the past and dreading the future when the Lord spoke to me: MY NAME IS I AM. He paused, I waited.

He continued: WHEN YOU LIVE IN THE PAST, WITH ITS MISTAKES AND REGRETS, IT IS HARD. I AM NOT THERE.

MY NAME IS NOT ‘I WAS.’ WHEN YOU LIVE IN THE FUTURE, WITH ITS UNKNOWNS AND FEARS, IT IS HARD. I AM NOT THERE.

MY NAME IS NOT ‘I WILL BE’. WHEN YOU LIVE TODAY, IT IS NOT HARD. MY NAME IS ‘I AM.’

And here is the original I Am:

And God said to Moses, I Am Who I Am and What I Am, and I Will Be What I Will Be. (Exodus 3:14a, AMP)

Prayer – Thank you, God, that you are the original in all things. Amen