31 days: extraordinary

Well, I actually did it…I posted every single day for a whole month. It feels good. At first I wondered how I write about being present every day but now I’m wondering if I want to stop. I feel like there’s still so much to learn about being present and living in the moment. It’s ok. This is just the beginning–I’m excited to see where this new mindset leads.

Before we give this subject a rest for a while, here’s a little something to think about.

“The presence of Jesus in the daily minute has the potential to cause everything we do to be supernatural. If what you are called to feels less than extraordinary, there is a tendency to think, Well, the Lord has big plans for me later. And you wait patiently until He decides to reveal that master plan. But what if His plan for you is right where you are? Are you missing it because you are looking for something more extraordinary?”  ~Emily Freeman, Graceful

Now go be present in your extraordinary life!! 

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31 days: listen

My good friend, Ellen, had a be present moment recently. Ellen is a receptionist for a chiropractor. Earlier this week, I shared with her and a few friends about my 31 day journey of being present. She was at work and wanted to remind herself to be present so she decided to write it on her arm. As she was doing so, her boss came up and started saying something about baseball. “Whatcha writing there?” he asked as she was only half listening. Boom. Caught. Nothing quite like a literal reminder there.  

A huge part of being present is taking the time to really listen. No distractions, full attention on the words coming out of the other person’s mouth. Often, I’m guilty of multi-tasking while talking to someone. I really need to stop and just listen. It’s disrespectful, they don’t feel valued and neither task gets my full attention. Fully engaged listening is part of being present. May we slow down enough to realize it’s importance.

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31 days: eternity

"For the present is the point at which time touches eternity."

                                                        — C.S. Lewis

Wow. Soak that in for a second. Makes sense. Doesn’t it? 

But do we live like that? I don’t think we always realize that our present moment has eternal impact. What we do now–the choices we make, the words we speak (or choose not to), the way we spend our money, the interaction we have with our friends–has the potential to point others towards an eternity with Him or repel them from it. It sounds like a lot of pressure. And it would be, if it were up to us. Thankfully, we have the Holy Spirit to guide and nudge us along the way. May He make us more conscious of eternity in the present moment. And may our hearts be softly open and courageously bold enough to act on His promptings. 

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31 days: observations

Just something that occurred to me the other day…

If there were no time, there would be no reason to be present. If we weren’t limited by space, there would be no reason to be present.

As humans on earth, we’re stuck in space and time. Our souls are wrapped in this container of skin, bones, and guts. We can only occupy one space at any given moment in time. 

If I were a superhero, I would be able to be two places at once (or maybe even 3 would be nice).  

The only thing that separates us from history is time. We’re occupying the exact same space.  

The space you currently occupy at this point on the timeline, is the most important because it’s the only place you can be. Make sure you’re engaged, it will never happen again.   

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31 days: beautiful

He has made everything beautiful in its time…there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them? ~Ecclesiastes 3:11,22 

Be present. Enjoy the moment you’re in. When the time is right, you’ll see it’s beauty and His reasoning. Pursue excellence. Recognize opportunities. Realize that you are leaving a legacy. You never know what will happen because of your choices. 

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31 days: still

Over this month’s journey of being present I’ve noticed my pace change. It’s not because I’m less busy; my schedule hasn’t slowed down one bit. But this series has forced me to stop, think, reflect, and generally be more aware of the space I’m occupying at this point of life’s timeline. It’s made me find times to be still and quiet in my heart while the world rushes and swirls around me (or even as I’m rushing and swirling around myself). 

Being present requires stillness. Find the quiet moments and be refreshed.

Be still and know that I am God ~Psalm 46:10a

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31 days: flexible

Being present requires us to be flexible. May we not resist His promptings and be willing to trade our plans for His glory. 

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow…Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.” ~James 4:13-15

 

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