September 22, 2012

Living in the Moment

I have been doing a lot of reflecting and thinking this week.  Thinking about things that are going on in my life; like the kids new teachers in school, my relationship with my wife, my current job situation, how we seem to have waaayy more stuff than we ever thought, etc. etc.

Well, this type of thinking has had a negative effect on my family, because many times I have ended up being short, or spaced out, or somewhat harsh in my tone when speaking to them, because my mind has been on other things that are “important”.  They deserve better – but this is what has been happening.

As the provider for my family, I feel a constant responsibility to take care of them, so I frequently focus on looking ahead.

But lately, I have been focused TOO much on what is ahead and not on what is right now in front of me.

I have completely overlooked the opportunities and situations that have come up the past week to enjoy the moment (and enjoy my family!), yet instead, I continued to focus on what was going to happen soon or next week or next month or next year, etc.

What a waste!

Tonight I realized I need to clean house and tell Satan to be gone…   gone from putting these thoughts near enough to me to latch on to them;  be gone from encouraging me to dwell solely on the future and not enjoying what was right here in front of me TODAY.

So I challenge you, my real Christian businessman friends, to take note and to ENJOY what is going on RIGHT NOW.  Jesus did this frequently and he set the example for us didn’t he?  I mean, once he was just walking down the road, and a woman reached out to touch his garment, and he stopped and interacted with her.  He could have easily just brushed her aside but instead he paused, spoke to her, healed her, basically just lived in the moment and talked to her. Instead of always thinking about where he was going or what he was doing next he actually stopped and spoke and lived and ate and hung out with people all of the time.  (Mark 5:21-34)

Think about your day today.  Live in it today.  Enjoy what is in front of you now.  Do not allow Satan to tempt you with thoughts of what “needs to be done” or “where you need to go”.  Live in the moment.  Because the moment is actually all that we really have anyway, isn’t it?

3 Comments on “Living in the Moment

Tony Santoro
September 22, 2012 at 2:18 pm

This has been a constant conversation in my house since Maeve was born. It’s hard being an American.

Any tips would be helpful. We find sitting on our porch swing allows us to just sit in the moment.

September 23, 2012 at 7:58 am

Perspective is always right on – your timing of encouragement is just what I need to hear. Thanks brother!!

October 2, 2012 at 11:42 am

Good thoughts, Don.


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