Dr. Randy Carlson


As you think about the Power of Now and the importance of this moment in time, remember you’ll never be in this very moment again. Time is progressive; the clock has started, and it always continues to move into eternity. When you make a decision in your life, you then spend the rest of your life intentionally managing that decision. It’s important to understand our choices will develop our habits, and our habits will become our character.

Franklin Field said, “The great dividing line between success and failure can be expressed in five words: I do not have time.” Time respects no one. Time is presently happening to all of us. There’s 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day, 365 days in a year, for every person on the planet.

From the President of the United States to a person who is homeless on the street, we all have the same measure of time while on the earth. Sometimes it’s fair, and sometimes it’s not. Think of Billy Graham. He had 98 years on the planet and fulfilled a great mission. I was reading the story of David Brainerd. He attended Yale in the 1700s, became a minister, and began to give his life to ministry to Native Americans in the United States. He died of tuberculosis at 29 years old. That doesn’t seem fair. Jonathan Edwards, two years after David’s death, published his diaries to show the impact this young man made in the time he had of ministering to people. When we look at time, it’s relentless, unfair, and one thing in life we really cannot control, but it is so important for us to understand the power it has.

Our lives are changed by moments in time, not by years. How you interact with your kids, with your coworkers, or with your neighbors, that one moment in time can change the course of a person’s life.

Ephesians 5:11 says, “Don’t waste your time on useless work, mere busywork, the barren pursuits of darkness” (MSG). We need to understand the power of now. The statistics are not friendly when it comes to our culture today and the amount of time we spend on entertainment and other kinds of things that could be used to really impact our lives, and our future, and the impact we can have in the lives of other people.

In his book, Don’t Waste Your Life, John Piper said, “You don’t have to know a lot of things for your life to make a lasting difference in the world. But you do have to know a few great things that matter, perhaps just one, and then be willing to live for them and die for them. The people that make a durable difference in the world are not the people who have mastered many things but who have been mastered by one great thing. If you want your life to count, if you want the ripple effect of the pebbles you drop to become waves that reach the ends of the earth and roll into eternity, you don’t need to have a high IQ.”

Life is passing us by, and we need to be good stewards of the moments we have. You’re going to get up from this moment and go to the next moment. Before you go to the next thing on your agenda, let me just challenge you, as you look over the next 12 months, to do just two things:

  1. Intentionally decide on a few goals for the next year. Determine a few things that are really worth living and dying for in your life. What are they?

Your first thought might be things about your job or buying a house, and those are okay. But I encourage you to think of something more profound – like a few goals that bring glory to God. Goals that allow you, at the end of next year, to say, “I took advantage of this season, living one moment at a time, doing the next right one thing.”

  1. Choose one thing daily toward one of those goals and pursue it every day.

God has given you today, and at the end of every day, you want to be able to look back and say to Him, “There were a lot of things today that I did or thought, but this one thing I did moved me a little bit closer to what you put in my heart as a worthwhile, godly goal for my life.”


Do that one thing because when you do, that’s intentional living.

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