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I reread an old post this morning. You know, it was one of those facebook memories. It was from a few years ago… a little wrap up of my time spent in Nebraska at Jumping Tandem.
It made me thankful for the peace and the stillness before we jumped right into the crazy of church planting and full-time ministry!
It made me miss the quiet before the storm. It reminded me to stay present –even as the winds come straight at me and the waves swirl all around.
I know this… this slowing to breathe… this Sabbath Rest that is necessary and wise.
I know this. It’s just I don’t always do it!
Yet when I miss the least amount of details and accomplish the most amount of Kingdom good, it is when I’m remaining present. It is when I am holding both my heart and hands wide open to the possibilities of the day.
It’s when I am childlike.
And when we can be like that… well, we miss the hard parts of adulting. We find wonder and blessings all around us. We find the things we don’t want to miss!
My calendar was overbooked this week. Yet I penciled in moments here and there set aside simply for being fully present. Sometimes that meant being fully present in a conversation across a table or being fully present to focus and get a task done. Sometimes it meant simply leaving a stack of things undone to go sit on the patio for 5 minutes of silence.
Staying Present is like magic… full of wonder and grace. It shifts your perspective and brings details in to focus and it makes life easier to stay prioritized in the correct order.
Bossy and Busy
It’s when our days get bossy and busy and our communication is rushed as we are just passing by that we begin to miss things.
We miss the actual reason we are still here on this earth, breathing in air and living out our days.
We are here for Him. We are His gift to those around us. I don’t know about you, but I’ve found that when I’m racing through my days, frantically crossing things off of lists, well– I can feel like not so much a gift to anyone!
I can feel a bit ragged and worn out.
So that we will be His hands and heart wide open to the possibilities of the day… childlike, and full of faith!