I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:1-2
Linking up with Five Minute Friday – today’s word is Present.
1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking. 2. Link back here and invite others to join in. 3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community.. – See more at: http://lisajobaker.com/2013/07/five-minute-friday-present/#sthash.0IbZopve.dpuf
To be fully present means more than just being in proximity with someone. It means you need to be alert and engaged with your heart, mind, eyes, and ears. It’s like when you are talking with a toddler, they pull your face down until you are looking directly into their eyes. They want you to really listen, to give them your full attention.
It not so easy to be fully present with so many devices vying for our time: cell phones, emails, text messages, iPads, and etc. These gadgets can be a very helpful tools, but they can also rob us of being fully present with those we love the most–our families and our God. If we are not careful we can unknowingly spend hours of our time attached to these handy little apparatuses and miss out on relationships that mean the most to us.
Our families and our children want us to be fully present. They want us to engage in family activities, communicating and sharing their hearts with us. Our family invested in an above ground pool three summers ago, it has been a great investment for our family. We have spent hours being fully present playing, laughing, and splashing one another.
Our Lord also wants us to be fully present with Him. He’s waiting to spend time with us–not rushed or forced, but sweet and relational.
Be fully present with the ones you love.
Count blessings, Kasey