While I was abroad in Guatemala, I made it a habit to try and find something to look forward to every day. On my walk to school I would think of what it was that I enjoyed about that very moment I was in. Was it the way that the sun was shining that day allowing a clear view of Volcán Aqua? Was it the latte I got on my way to class? Was it the vines of flowers hanging over the stone wall I passed each day? While trying to adjust to being in a different country, immersed in a different culture, surrounded by a different language, I think I developed this habit as a coping mechanism. But now that I’m back in the States, going to school or work everyday, I am realizing that this habit is even more needed here, in my own realm of comfort and routine, than it was while I was in a foreign country.
Too often we spend our time looking forward to the weekend, looking forward to summer, to our next vacation, to the next night out —and we miss the moment we are in. Before we know it, too much time has passed that we were never present for. We spend our Mondays through Thursdays simply waiting for Friday to come again.
What if we were excited for Monday? then Tuesday? even Wednesday and Thursday?
What if we filled our lives with activities that we actually enjoy right now rather than always doing what we think will get us “ahead” yet leaves us miserable in the process?
I didn’t want to waste any time while I was studying abroad, but I’ve realized I don’t want to waste any time, period.
I want to cherish the moment.
I want to be rooted in joy because circumstances and happiness change, but a joy that’s rooted in Christ lasts.
Too often I find myself daydreaming of things I want to do and places I want to go. But God has me, and you, in this moment for a reason. I don’t want to be so distracted by what the future holds that I miss out on what God has in store for me right now.
The present is a present. I hope you unwrap it & find it full of joy.
What did you unfold in the gift of today? Share below, I’d love to hear what made you smile today! 🙂