“Live in the moment.”
“Never miss an opportunity.”
“You only live once.”
We are constantly reminded, chided, scolded even, not to waste the present moment. While it is good, wise even, to consider the future, to be cognizant of how our actions and decisions affect the future, it is also important to experience the fullness of the present moment. But what does that mean? Consider the purity of the following encounters: the laughter of a child, a live concert, a conversation with a good friend over coffee, having family dinner, a picnic in the park, sitting in the arms of a loved one. So simple, and yet so beautiful and full of life.
We exist as a part of a beautiful tapestry that is God’s creation. Surrounded by God’s divine brushstrokes in nature and each person that we meet on a daily basis, it is still easy to miss those moments that make life beautiful. Watching a child’s first steps, or your dear friend get married, or sitting on a couch with someone you love, these are the moments in which we ought to do our best to truly be present. Have you ever noticed how some of your best memories are those moments when you stopped to take it all in? Those moments are sacred, and to be savored for all the joy and meaning they hold. Being present is about being thankful, taking note of each and every blessing you are given in that moment, and not taking them for granted.
The purpose of life is to be lived. Not to waste time stuck in the past, or worried about the future (which you can only affect by what you choose to do in the present). Worry is the number one way we waste the present, usually worrying about things we have absolutely no control over. As women, we worry a lot. We worry about our loved ones. We worry about getting things done and needs being met. We worry about our appearance and, sadly, many even worry what others think of us. But, as women of faith, we are commanded not to worry because we are covered the Divine Presence of a Father who already knows what we need and what concerns us the most.
[Luke 12:29-31 ESV] And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.
[Mat 6:27 NLT] Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
John Lennon said in one of his songs, “Life is what happens when you are making plans.” Or, in today’s culture, while you are checking your email, talking on the phone, checking social media, and all the other things that clamor for our attention, distract us from living in the present moment. Don’t miss the seemingly small but precious moments in life that could be the best memories, the defining moments, of your journey because you are too preoccupied or distracted. That moment may never come around again. Think for a moment and consider all the moments that you have missed because of one thing or another. You overthought it. You were distracted by something that wasn’t really important in that moment. You were afraid of the unknown. The reality is, you don’t know if you will even see tomorrow. We were created with an eternal mindset, but that doesn’t mean that we are to miss the lessons and blessings that come with every new day God gives us. So, make some time today, this week, this month, this year. Make it a part of your mission to make the most of each and every new day that you are blessed to see. Take time to engage each and every moment you are given. Cherish them, and allow them to become a part of the tapestry that will become the story of your life.