I absolutely believe in the importance of being present in the moment. This moment, right now, is all any of us can be absolutely certain that we have on this side of heaven.

It’s so important for each of us to completely embrace the life, the moment, we have been given. Whenever we choose to be thankful for all that is good in our lives, for all the beauty that is around us – even when we’re in the midst of difficult, uncertain or sad times – it is life affirming and life healing for our souls. We are lifted in heart and head every time we choose to take on, and stay in, an attitude of joy and thankfulness for our life and the moment we’re in.

It’s so important for each of us to be present in the moment and choose to love and treat others kindly, to more deeply appreciate and fully enjoy, to more quickly forgive and honestly respect the people in our lives – our family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, bosses, teachers, students, passing acquaintances, strangers, and, yes, even all those people who challenge us, disappoint us, hurt us, and just plain make us crazy.

It’s so important to not take anyone, or any moment we have with them, for granted. We only know for sure that we have this time, right now, with them and we need to be present in it so we will not miss the moment. God strengthens and encourages our hearts and our heads, as we choose to take on, and stay in, an attitude of love and kindness, compassion and mercy towards the people that have been put into our lives. Towards each of them, whether we’re in intimate, long-lasting relationships with them or we share just a few fleeting moments together.

Remember, O God, that my life is but a breath;

my eyes will never see happiness again.

Job 7:7

Yes, our lives our fleeting and far shorter than we can imagine – even if we live beyond one hundred years here on this earth. And if we are in Christ, the brevity of our earthbound lives should not give birth to fear or despair within us. Rather, this truth should encourage, inspire and challenge us to more fully live and more freely love. Our Heavenly Father has given us a living hope to be in the presence of our Resurrected King and Lord Jesus Christ for all eternity!

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!

In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope

through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

1 Peter 1:3

Knowing that our future is already promised, may we each be set free to be more present in each moment in ways that reflect God’s love in very real, tangible, and transforming ways!

Be present in the moment, offering these presents to those around you:

Smile more. Listen well. Respond respectfully. Be gentle. Be kind. Be encouraging. Be patient. Be a peacemaker. Be compassionate. Give mercy. Give generously. Give grace. Speak truth. Forgive everyone of everything. Call your parents. Call your kids. Get over yourself.

Love as Jesus loves!

Be present in the moment with the help of Him who is with us always – now and for all eternity!

In love, peace and purposeful passion,