Be Present In The Moment

Be Present In The Moment
Posted on Sep 25, 2016 in Devotions
By: Shiela Bernardo
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There seem to always be a million things going on in our minds at any given point. Even while you sit there, your thoughts can be traveling elsewhere. You’re here, but you’re not here. It takes no effort to space out and have our mind wandering off somewhere else and thinking of everything under the sun other than what’s right in front of us. It takes more effort to focus.

If I asked you at the end of service what the sermon was about, would you remember? How about the times when you pray just before you take your first bite. Then when you have your mouth full, you half-mindedly ask yourself “Wait, did I pray yet?”. Almost ready to break out into a new round of prayer, then you realize that you have in fact done so… But did you really?  It’s unfortunate that we only remember half of the things we do because we aren’t truly focused on them. How about during times when we are in conversations and just aren’t fully engaged on them and words go in one ear out the other? Perhaps it’s working the job you currently have and you whisk away daydreaming of the ideal kind of day you want to have, surely not in front of a computer all day long at a menial desk job, and your productivity plummets.

This is where we inopportunely neglect what’s under our noses and miss chances and openings because we are too occupied looking around. God places us at the right place and at the right time, each time. So we have to be mindful where we are. We have to be present in the moment, and to be present fully – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Enjoy the blessing of each day, second by second.

“After looking at the way things are on this earth, here’s what I’ve decided is the best way to live: Take care of yourself, have a good time, and make the most of whatever job you have for as long as God gives you life. And that’s about it. That’s the human lot. Yes, we should make the most of what God gives, both the bounty and the capacity to enjoy it, accepting what’s given and delighting in the work. It’s God’s gift! God deals out joy in the present, the now. It’s useless to brood over how long we might live.” – Ecclesiastes 5:18-20, MSG

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