30 Days to Live: Living in the Moment (4 of 5)

Lord, make me to know my end, and what is the extent of my days, let me know how transient I am.  Behold, You have made my days as handsbreadths, and my lifetime as nothing in Your sight, surely every man at his best is a mere breath.  Psalm 39:4-5

We tend have good intentions to do something, but they tend to evaporate quicker than a fart in a hurricane.  We phrase those intentions in “oughts”:

 

  • I ought to read my Bible more…
  • I ought to communicate more with my spouse…
  • I ought to pay better attention to the kids…
  • I ought to pray more for others than myself… 
  • I ought to pray more, period…
  • I ought spend more time with my friends who don’t know Jesus…
  • I ought to stop and enjoy moments in life, because they’re gifts from God…

And yet, we let life get in the way.  But if Bible authors David and James were right—that life is transient and nothing but a breath—then why do we live in the intentions of tomorrow instead of taking action today?  Remember what the Bible says in James 4:17—whenever we know the good we ought to do, and don’t do it, it’s sin. 

 

So…

  • If you’re with your spouse, be fully engaged:  turn the TV off, talk, and make love (just put the kids to bed first).  Remember, your spouse is a gift from God.
  • If you’re with your kids, then give them your full attention instead of being distracted with several other things. Remember, your kids are a gift from God.
  • If you’re enjoying a cup of coffee on Saturday morning, take a minute to take a deep breath, smell the coffee, and breath deep.  Enjoy the moment, because it is a gift from God.
  • When you have vacation time, take it.  Leave work at home.  Take time to relax—no hectic Clark Grizwold type schedules that leave you needing a vacation from your vacation.  Remember, rest is a gift from God.
  • If you see or know of a need in your community, and you and your church are capable of meeting it, then meet it.  You are God’s gift to that person at that moment.

In order to live in the moment, we must:

  • Turn our “whens” into nows.
  • Turn intentions into actions.

 

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About Aaron

Aaron is a follower of Jesus. He's married to his smokin' hot wife Laura and is the father of three adorable girls. He enjoys a robust cigar, a complex root beer, a good movie, writing, football, thought-provoking books, and rousing discussions about subjects you're not supposed to talk about (like theology and politics). Religious people irritate him (because he once was one). He's on a quest to find the perfect dry rub and sauce for ribs.
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