Yesterday I had a lot of different things that I had to get done and it involved a lot of different people with different needs. I suddenly doubted whether I was able to do everything efficiently as some people were getting impatient while others were being deliberately slow. That was my view, but I suppose from a different point of view there can be a very different interpretation. That’s not the point though. As I was about to get into a flat spin and start panicking, the words, “live in the moment” came to me very clearly. I have obviously heard this phrase before but it took on a whole new personal meaning to me.
The definition I found of “Living in the moment” is very apt:
To live in the moment, or now, means being conscious, aware and in the present with all of your senses. It means not dwelling on the past, nor being anxious or worrying about the future. When we concentrate our attention on the present we focus on the task at hand
I had to remember to focus only on the thing I was doing at that moment. I couldn’t think about the next customer or dwell on a remark made by the previous customer. I had to be aware of things that I still had to do, but they couldn’t influence my behaviour while I was doing the thing I had to do at that moment.
John 14:1-4, ” Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.”
This verse says we mustn’t let our hearts be troubled. I don’t think that even one person can boast about never having had a troubled heart. I remember my heart feeling like it was physically sore from being troubled. Trouble can constitute worry, stress, grief and pain of any kind. Those are all the things that Jesus took on Himself when he was crucified.
I have been thinking about what people say about Christians just being sojourners here on earth. A sojourner is someone who stays temporarily in a place. We should see our life on earth as temporary, but not as that of a visitor with a better place to go to. We have to make the most of our lives here and work on our character and our attitude, without becoming one with the world. Without assimilating the habits and characteristics of those who are not children of God.
1 John 3:10, In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.
This is plain, if you don’t have love you are not of God. And it is not selective love. God loves everyone irrespective of what they do and of how they live, but this doesn’t mean that everyone is going to be saved. Only those who accept Jesus as their saviour will be saved. Even if you are on your way to hell God will still love you. He doesn’t make a distinction when it comes to loving people. We are also called to loved people but we cannot approve of the evil things they do and one of the reasons we cannot approve is that they are hurting themselves.
We need to use every hour to its full potential. Whether we are working, worshiping, playing or resting. Every part of our existence should be purposeful. The Bible warns against idleness.
Hebrews 6:11-12, And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Even though I think I get a lot done in a normal day, I have realised that it isn’t about how much I do, but it is the purposefulness and the attitude with which I do things that really matters. Let us start living in the moment and make every moment count.