Monday, September 12, 2011

Being Here Now

When my husband and I were first married, some wise mentor-friends challenged us with this advice:      Be Here Now.

I often forget to live in the present. I think, I will be happy with our house when we finally have new furniture. Or, I long for when I can sleep through the night without a hungry baby waking me. Or, I can't wait until I don't have to clean up spills under the kitchen table after every meal.

Really, those thoughts wish away precious time. I don't want to waste the moments I have with my husband, with my sweet children at today's stage of life.

We had kind of an impromptu family afternoon yesterday...loading up our bikes, renting a kid trailer for the younger two, and hitting a bike trail together as a family. It was wonderful, active family fun. My six-year-old was so excited about a real bike ride..not just the driveway.

Near the end of our trail, we stopped at a playground to let the little ones burn off some energy. As I watched them run from slide to swing to climbing wall to spinning toy with utter joy on their faces, I thought...they are totally living this moment. Children know how to Be Here Now. They put their All into their play, into this instant of time.

I think I forgot as I grew up. I was too busy looking ahead to the next achievement or event.

I'm trying to be Be Here Now for my family. Not always looking ahead to the next stage, the next vacation, the next purchase. But to enjoy the simple pleasures of each day. The shared lunch, the interesting bug in the front yard, yet another game of Uno, the old furniture that is plenty comfy for cuddling together to read or talk.

Take hold of the moments that are Today.

Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. James 4:14


  1. So true! My kids remember the smallest details, so I want to have plenty of family time to remember!

  2. This was really convicting. Thank you for sharing that!


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