Simple Living: Being Aware of the Moment

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.”
–Henry David Thoreau

One of the surest things we possess is this moment right here. We don’t know what the next moment will bring. In fact, we could be lying dead on the floor by the time it arrives. As much as we try, we can’t control the future. But if there is something that we do have possession of right now, it is this: this moment in time. This moment in time is within our grasp. It’s within our reach. And it’s up to us to decide how we want to use it. Will we choose to use this moment to be faithful to God? Or will we squander it in pursuit of something else?

Living in the moment begins with simply being aware that we have this moment in the first place. We often take moments for granted allowing them to pass by without a second thought. But the challenge is to increase our awareness of each passing moment. Don’t just let it pass you by. Breathe in your surroundings. Be mindful of what’s happening around you. Reflect. But most importantly, ask yourself how you can be faithful to God with this particular moment in time.

As I write this post, I’m at a coffee shop. I’m highly distracted. I’m distracted by the people next to me enjoying a great conversation. I’m distracted by seeing cars pass by my window. I’m distracted by the music that’s playing in the background. And if I let these distractions get the best of me, I’ll never finish this post. And so, I take a bit of time to just let the moment sink in—to be aware of the moment and just be mindful of it. I remind myself that I only have this moment under my control and I want to use the time to honor God. And so with that in mind, I continue writing believing that this is the most faithful thing that I can do at this very moment.

What’s the most faithful thing you can do at this particular moment in time?

Perhaps it’s encouraging somebody right now.
Perhaps it’s teaching your child a life lesson.
Perhaps it’s getting some sleep to let your body recuperate.
Perhaps it’s cracking open your Bible to receive a word from God.

Simply be aware of the moment you have right in front of you. And make the most of it by being as faithful as you can to God. One of the surest things we possess is this moment right here.

P.S. In honor of the the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, I will not be posting on Good Friday, March 25. Posts will resume on Monday, March 28. The Lord has risen indeed!