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12 Dec – Living in the moment

live in the moment

A child has 940 Saturdays between birth and finishing high school. 940 Saturday’s may sound like a lot, but if you have or know a 5 year old, 260 Saturdays have gone already in their life.

Instead of feeling awful about what’s been lost, or how many Saturdays we can’t even remember having, why not focus on turning those moments we still have into memorable moments.

Because if we value living in the moment, we will live in the moment.

We do need to continually remind ourselves that everyday is a gift from God, and not to live our day in a negative, and distracted state of mind.

God’s word encourages us to; “Look carefully how you walk! Live purposely and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people). Making the most of the time (buying up each opportunity) because the days are evil. Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is”. (Ephesians 5:15-17 amplified)

In our world there is so many distractions and it’s easy to miss what God is doing right in front of us. If we instead choose to live in the moment it helps us engage with God; we are more focused on Him and what He is doing, and on the people in our lives.

However it takes practice to stop ourselves from thinking on 100 other things and running ahead to other problems, and people. Perhaps that is because we are surrounded by all types of technology that enables us to do things faster, more efficiently and while doing other things. But technology was made for man, not man for technology. Sometimes we just need to turn off our phone, shut down the computer, turn off the television, and most importantly, discipline our minds to be present and in the moment. We can start to practice listening well and honoring others with our purposeful presence.

Our undivided attention in the moment says we love and care. We have this one moment and then it is gone forever. So be engaged today and be with the ones you love; with those God brings across your path today.

Live in the moment, and trust God with all the things that so often scream for our attention and time. Instead choose to give your life to those things that are important and not the things that seem urgent.

Prayer: Lord help me to embrace the day and to take some time with you; to make moments with those I love,  and to understand what and who is really important. Help me not to miss those people and experiences that are right in front of me simply because I get too distracted and weighed down with things that seem urgent but are not important. In Jesus Name Amen.

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