Are You Being ‘Present’ in Your Life?
Staying Open – Body, Soul, and Spirit
by J.M. Troppello
I used to have a problem being ‘present’ in my own life.
I’m not really sure why that happened. I can give you some guesses.
I’m an introvert. I have always been living in my own world—thinking about my next plotline or what topic I would write about next. Ever since I can remember, I was an avid reader.
I’m not sure if my focus on writing kept me from being ‘present’ in my life, but I think it played a part in that.
It wasn’t until the last several years that I’ve realized I’ve missed out a lot on being present with those in my life because of the following:
I was lost in my own creative world.
I focused too much on things that worried me.
I over-analyzed absolutely everything in my life.
I allowed the busyness of life to overwhelm me.
I was afraid to take chances and step outside my comfort zone.
I allowed fear to prevent me from digging deeper in relationships.
Embracing the Now
Maybe it’s because I’m older now. I’ve seen how quickly time passes.
I’ve begun to truly embrace each moment.
I’ve started opening up more with my family. Ever since moving next door to my sister and her girls, she and I have grown closer. I’ve been trying to be present and embrace each moment.
I’ve learned the importance of the following things:
Sitting still each day and taking deep breaths.
Spending more time outside and enjoying God’s creation.
Relishing each moment with family and friends.
Realizing that all individuals are created by God.
Catching myself during arguments and trying to stop them.
Losing myself in reading God’s Word, praying, and worshipping.
One Bible passage that truly has helped me be present and embrace the now is found in Matthew 6:33-34.
33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:33-34, NKJV)
When I sincerely made a concerted effort to start focusing on helping to build God’s Kingdom—and not my own kingdom in this world—life became sweeter. I was able to see things from a new perspective.
I saw that God had things under control, even when they seemed totally out of control. He didn’t want me to worry about things. He wanted me to hand them over to Him in prayer and let Him deal with them.
So many times, in my Christian walk I would pray about things and then, later on, snatch them back from God’s capable hands. I guess I thought I could handle them better or that He was taking too long to respond.
Staying in the Now
I feel more at peace with my life since I’ve been living in the now. I don’t know what tomorrow will bring. I don’t know what the next hour will bring. Yet, I do know that God wants me to be present—body, soul, and spirit—in each moment of my life.
He gives me breath each day.
I want to honor Him.
I can do that by being present with Him and present in all situations that I find myself in. I need to be present in all interactions I have with people. In all things, I must always be present to listen to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Of course, I veer off track from time to time. However, as I grow in my walk with the Lord, it’s so much easier to get back on God’s pathway in a shorter amount of time.
I hope you can be present in each moment in your life.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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