Why is it that spiritual endeavor is always couched in some "then" -- the "then" of the past when wonderful expositors roamed the earth or the "then" of the future when accomplishments will surely accrue? Even the most delicious prattling about "living in the moment" invariably refers to something that is "then."
It's not enough that the dishes need washing, the kids need kissing, the yard needs raking, the marriage vows need speaking, the music needs hearing, the tears need spilling, and there is vacuuming to be done.
Spiritual life is couched protectively in a "then" that is either dead as a doornail or glistening like a mirage.
I guess it feels safer that way.
And it certainly brings in more money.