I think one of my lifelong struggles has been to “be in the moment”.
When my children were little I would rehash the “why” of why I never had my dream of having 7 children. That was something I longed for since I was a little girl. Why did I give up on that dream? What would my life look like if only I had allowed that dream? God showed me that at times I was missing the “now moment” because I was living in the regrets of my past. We would be at the zoo having a great time and all my mind could do was picture what it might have looked like if I had more children. I’d have 2 in the stroller, one doing this, one doing that…you get it (and yes, if you are thinking I’m a bit crazy I’d most likely agree with you)!
I can find myself in sweet fellowship with good friends and I find my mind fast forwarding to what I’m going to plant in my garden this summer. Relax Michelle and enjoy this fellowship. The garden thoughts can wait.
It’s snowing outside and it’s so pretty, but oh won’t it be fun when we can open the pool and have the kids over for a swim again!
I get so excited when all of my children are coming home for a visit and then I find I have to truly work at savoring it because I am already dreading the goodbye at the end of the visit. They are barely in the door and certainly not even unpacked yet!
I occasionally pack my suitcase and head to Pittsburgh to visit my family and after a few days, I find I miss my home. I often have to remind myself that I rarely get to be with them and my home will be there when I return. I finally do arrive home and I’m already thinking that I miss them. I wish we all lived closer! I need to savor the “now”.
We really don’t know what tomorrow holds.
I encourage you to hold on to today and take it to it’s full potential.
Lord, we ask you today to help us to do that. Help us to see the gift that today really is. Help us to use it to it’s fullest potential. Help us to be content with the people you put in our paths today. Help us to live in the “now” and with the mindset of a thankful heart.
“…for you do not know what a day may bring forth.”