Sunday, July 19, 2015

What We Miss When We Don't Live in the Moment

 

For most of our lives, some of us have lived physically standing in the moment but about 100 steps ahead in our thoughts. I'm guilty of this. Recently, my mother and a friend of mine both seemed to echo the same sentiments: "Live in the moment" or "Stop trying to figure things out...just be present." With concern of having regret later in life, I decided to make a conscious effort to live in the moment. It started with me understanding why I struggled to simply be present, and that's when I realized, it was a lack of trust. Some of life's challenges had made me so unnerved that my 'survival mode' was to mentally try to have a plan, a back-up for every situation. This was a bad habit I had to break because if I didn't, time would pass by and I'd miss today's opportunities, the big and little blessings that were all around me, and the peace that awaited me in the moment I was in. These are the things we miss when we fail to live in the moment.

Each new day has something new. We miss it if we focus on and worry over things we cannot control. I personally believe being comfortable with living in the moment, starts with the choice to understand who created us and why we were created. I've seen the hands of God in my life, so I'd be a liar if I tried to deny His reality. My peace to live in the moment comes from knowing that God's hands are holding me-they always have been and they always will be. I can't trust "chance," the unknown is scary, faith is challenging, and sometimes people can be fickle and unreliable but God's hands are unfailing. For those of us who understand this, we learn that the presence of God is something we miss if we don't live in the moment. We take for granted the mercy, grace, and joy that God gifts to us each new morning. 

So my effort is to loosen my grip of fear, worry and concern, and just rest in the fact that I should:

Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to an all-knowing God.

Here's to letting go and simply living in the moment! Even if it is one step at a time. 

LT

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