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Now is the accepted time.
— Bible

We who have been educated in the churches were taught that our trials were to come in this life, but in the future we should find peace and happiness. Teachers have said, “Now is the accepted time,” when urging us to come to Christ and join the church. We will take the quotation in a larger and more general way, and see if it is not helpful.

It is the eternal now. There is no past, and there is no future. We are in eternity now. There is no reason why we should postpone any thing. We make our own limitations. .We say at such a time — in so many weeks — I will be well. During such a time, somewhere in the future, I will be happy. When I have accomplished all I have to do, I will rest. When I gain such an object, I will be satisfied. Always putting our best conditions somewhere in the future. We can be well now. We can be happy now. We can be restful and tranquil now.
The future is not ours: the present, the now, is.

“Take no thought for the morrow,” “what ye shall eat,” “what ye shall drink,” “wherewithal ye shall be clothed.” “Give no heed to what ye shall say, for it will be given you in that same hour.” — Bible

In our present state of civilization we would say no anxious thought about eating, drinking, or clothing: these pertain to the external. But give no heed to what you shall say. All anxiety must be left out in this case also. If we have a right purpose, we shall always “be given” what is right “for that same hour.” It will fairly talk itself if we remove all obstructions; and this we do by knowing, without a doubt, that “ it will be given “ us. Never plan as to what you will say about spiritual things. Never try to convert people to your way of thinking. Simply let the spiritual truth flow through you, let it talk, and be sure each one who hears will accept that which is needful to him. We must allow absolute freedom to all, and also claim it for ourselves. No one can hinder our spiritual awakenment; for what seems at times to be a hindrance is really a benefit, and impels us to higher thinking, and, as a result, right living.

All those things at which thou wishest to arrive by a circuitous road, thou canst have now, if thou dost not refuse them to thyself. — Marcus Aurelius

This is the sum and substance of this science, that we have all things now. We do not have to wait until sometime in the future. Then why do we not all express satisfactory conditions ? you ask. It is because we travel by a circuitous road, because we refuse them to ourselves by making numerous limitations. Remove all limitations. Realize your freedom. God is ever present in the now, and meets all our desires. Short views are necessary on the material plane. Extended vision belongs to the spiritual.

Happy the man, and happy he alone.
He who can call today his own;
He who secure within himself can say,
Tomorrow, do thy worst; for I have lived today.
Live in the Now.

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