Being Present in the Moment
Being Present in the Moment
In the fast-paced world we live in today, it's easy to get caught up in the chaos of life, always looking forward to the next big thing, and planning for the future. While preparation is normal, it's equally crucial to appreciate the present moment because it is a gift from God.
In this episode, Taylor, Matt, and Corey talk about the importance of acknowledging change as an undeniable reality that we all encounter throughout our lives. It is important to not take the moment we are in for granted; to not discard the moment we're in, but to just be present. Corey encourages us to have a steadfast posture, one that enables us to remain anchored in the present, not only for the current moment but for all the moments that follow.
The significance of each moment
Throughout the disciples’ time with Jesus, they were privileged to partake in awe-inspiring miracles and divine interventions. They stood beside Jesus as He performed extraordinary feats, such as feeding the multitudes, calming tempestuous seas, and bringing healing to the sick. Wouldn't you desire to partake in such experiences? To be free from concerns about the future and instead be fully immersed in the present moment with Jesus, where you can witness His miraculous works and absorb His teachings without distraction?
Despite these moments, there were instances when the disciples neglected to fully understand and appreciate the present moment. In the Garden of Gethsemane, they struggled to stay awake and pray with Jesus in His moment of agony. What an incredible opportunity it could have been to be fully present in that moment, to pray and obey what Jesus said. However, they ended up dozing off. Later, as Jesus faced arrest, they scattered in fear, and Peter, after denying Jesus distanced himself from His beloved teacher. These moments reveal that even the disciples, who shared an intimate journey with Jesus, were not immune to lapses in understanding and faith. The disciples' journey with Jesus was a testament to their ability to be present in the miraculous moments but also a reminder that even the most faithful may sometimes neglect the profound significance of the present.
Savoring each moment
Life is filled with various seasons, each marked by its unique set of joys and challenges. In Psalm 90:12, the psalmist prays, "Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom." This verse reminds us of the importance of recognizing the brevity of life and using our time wisely. Each moment has its place and significance in our lives. Whether we are enjoying life's blessings or enduring its challenges, it is vital to recognize the season we are in and fully experience it. We must not dismiss or rush through the present as we long for better days.
Choosing to be present doesn't mean we disregard our responsibilities or stop planning for the future. Instead, it's about finding a balance that allows us to savor the present while preparing for what lies ahead. It's about being mindful and fully engaged in each moment. In a world filled with distractions, worries, and the constant hustle and bustle, it's crucial to learn the art of being present. When we acknowledge that change is a reality and choose to be fully present, we can live each day with a sense of purpose and gratitude. As we take these lessons to heart, we find that embracing the present doesn't hinder our growth; instead, it fosters our personal development and strengthens our relationship with the Lord.
Finding joy in the little things
We may be preoccupied with our past mistakes, nursing regrets, or anxiously anticipating the unknown future. Because of that, we neglect the only time that truly belongs to us - the present. Acknowledging our present circumstances, whether favorable or challenging, allows us to grow personally, emotionally, and spiritually. Rather than postponing happiness or searching for contentment in the future, we learn to appreciate the blessings that surround us and find joy in small moments that make life beautiful. Whether it's savoring a home-cooked meal with family, spending quality time with loved ones, or simply enjoying the beauty of nature, these are the moments that add depth and richness to our lives.
Also, being present in our relationships allows us to love one another more deeply and authentically. 1 Peter 4:8 says, "Above all, love each other deeply because love covers over a multitude of sins." When we're engaged in the present moment, we can offer a listening ear, a helping hand, or a word of encouragement to those in need. This not only strengthens our bonds with others but also nurtures our personal growth.
Each day we wake up is a blessing. Make every moment count by being present in the moment.