Living in the Moment

Moses, after accepting Divine assistance to rescue the Israelites, said to God, “Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I will say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you.’ Now they may say to me, ‘What is His name?’ What shall I say to them?” And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM “; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.'” Exodus 3:13-14

Much can be said about this declaration, but in this one statement God is expanding upon His name Yahweh, to express the unchangeableness of His love.  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:7-9)  That’s good news in a world that constantly changes.  People, circumstances, health, finances; you name it, everything changes.  But God, by His very nature, cannot and will not ever change.

God transcends time.  He is omnipresent.  All present at all times.  Obviously, we cannot be all present but we can be more present.  In other words, be all there wherever you are.  Live in the moment.  Far too often, we either dwell on something that happened in the past or we worry about something that might happen in the future.  All the while, we fail to live in the moment.  Remember, our enemy came to “kill, steal, and destroy.”  Resist!  Don’t allow him to rob you of “present moments.”

Sports Psychologist Jim Loehr, in The Power of Full Engagement, shares how the best athletes burst their energy, and then rest and recover, and then burst again.  That same idea can be applied to living in the present.  When you are with a business associate or a family member, burst your energy.  Be fully engaged with that person.  Look into their eyes, listen to their words, and give them your best.

Imagine Jesus with Peter or John or the woman at the well or Zacchaeus.  He was fully present, interested, engaged, dynamic, intent, empathetic, compassionate.  He gave His best, and then He rested and recovered by being alone with the Father.

May we do the same.


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