Living in the Moment

by Nov 20, 2020Article, Prayer Newsletter

Living in the Moment

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. 

Psalm 118:24

When was little, my neighbor lived with her Sicilian grandmother who would make us homemade pizza. She has since passed, and I often dream of that pizza. It has been over thirty years since I have tasted the authentic flavor. Recently, I went to a local Italian eatery and ordered a slice of their fresh tomato and mozzarella pizza. With the first bite, I was instantly reminiscent of that flavor from her grandmother’s kitchen over thirty years ago! In that moment, I was tasting pure authentic deliciousness that up until now, I could only long for.

Here is the thing: we experience the taste of heaven and the presence of Jesus when we live in the moment. Living in the moment is underrated. We often recall the past, relishing in memories or regretting past decisions, and dream of the future of what is to come. In the moment is often hard, so we look for an escape. I mean, can I get a big AMEN that right now is difficult in almost every sense? Just because the present moment is hard and sad and heavy, does not mean that when we look back on this time, it will be remembered that way. But if it is, we know He has a purpose in it. God has a way of growing us and changing us to be different in another season.

Lord, we want more of You and You speak to us in the moment. May we not be tempted to flee from our present circumstance, but dig in and hold onto all You have for us.

Jesus is constantly calling us into the present moment and warns us not to live in the past. “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the Kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62 And we are also warned not to be anxious for tomorrow in Mathew 5:34.

The past is what we learn from, but we are not meant to live there. We are not promised the future, we are only promised what we have right now. This present moment is the only moment that is real. So how do we live in the moment and gain from it? I looked at the areas I struggle in and I created:

M ove towards God
O bstacles are opportunities
M antra – a short phrase to reframe your thinking like “Lord, help me.”
E ngage & encourage those around you
N ame blessings
T ongue – control it!

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