Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
If someone happens to know where the month of January went could you please let me know....
Seriously, this "flying time" thing is out of control!
Unless I stop and think about it I can even forget what season we are in:
~ The weather is unpredictable (snow then sun then rain....)
~ I just got the Christmas decorations put away but a recent visit to the mall revealed that winter coats have already been replaced by bathing suits.
~ While I should be focused on "My Valentine" advertisers have me pondering my garden and landscaping plans.
While it often seems like living in the moment and focusing on today is impossible (and much of the world would have us think it is irresponsible) the bible teaches that "here and now" is exactly where God has placed us and what He wants us to focus on.
How many of us spend so much time focusing on what we expect and want for our future that we miss out on what we are blessed with right now? We carefully map out our lives, planning and preparing for events that may or may not ever unfold, and in doing so we neglect the precious gift of "this" moment.
Our calendars reveal commitments and schedules that have been set weeks or months ahead of time and literally rob us of time to rest, relax or refresh. In many ways it can feel as though we are on the fast-track to burnout, both physically & spiritually. But as we find ourselves living in a culture that values "busyness" and "scheduling" what can we do to slow the pace in order to live our lives to the fullest? Look at how Jesus answers this question:
There may be "no time like the present" but I am a firm believer that "there is no present like time" and that is a gift I find myself craving more and more.
So beginning today here are 10 ways I want to be intentional about "living in the moment" and making the most of my time in 2010 (in no particular order):
These ideas are just a starting point and though they may not succeed in actually slowing down time, they can help me make the most of the time I have been given!