Living in the Moment

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”                                                                                                                                                                                 Psalm 46:10

Sitting here on my patio enjoying this beautiful day, I prepare to write my blog. I am struck by a thought. We seem to need to be intentional about staying in the present moment. You know, just experiencing what is happening right now- what I am seeing and hearing? What are my thoughts?

Without that intentional idea of concentrating on right now, it is so easy to drift into the past or the future. So often, I see that we live much of our life in the past, rehashing regrets or memories. At the same time, we may be living in the future, worried about possible problems or upcoming events. While it is certainly appropriate, and important, to consider both our past and our future, maybe we need to slow down and just consider, “where am I spending the majority of my time?”

If too much time is spent on past failures or regrets, that can cause depression. If too much time is spent on anticipation of the future, it may cause anxiety as we come up with problems that may never happen.

As my old friend Pastor Michael Bowie used to say about staying in the present, “The present is a gift, that’s why they call it the present!”

Prayer: Lord, help us to slow down and enjoy this very moment, Amen.

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