It’s that time of the week again, that time when I sit for five minutes with hundreds of other bloggers and write on the same word prompt and then go and encourage someone else for sharing themselves. This week’s word: present. Wow! It’s amazing how sometimes Lisa-Jo manages to pick a word that has already been on my heart for a while. And then, I read her post, which is amazing and I wish I could write like that in five hours, never mind five minutes, and it’s about the same idea the Lord has been laying on my heart. Being present.
I have so many things I am passionate about. My family. My kids. Books. Creating. Blogging. Loving the people around me. Living to please the Lord. And there are more. I know that’s a good thing for the most part, but sometimes I find it makes me very scattered in my focus. I get to thinking about one thing that I’m passionate about and fail to actually be present with another thing or person that I’m just as passionate about. (Like when your kids just want you to play legos with them and you just want a picture to send to grandma. Ouch! – added after five minutes) I’m especially prone to this when it comes to ideas vs people. I’m really passionate about godly parenting but sometimes I find that I get so distracted thinking and talking and writing about godly parenting that I forget to actual be present with my kids and BE a godly parent.
This happens in other areas too. The big ideas keep me from being present with the actual people. So I’m asking the Lord to help me really be present with who I’m with when I’m with them. To help me set aside time to think about the big ideas when I’m alone so that I can focus on people when I’m not. To help me to be aware of who is around me who might need a word of encouragement or a new thought to spur them on in their walk toward God. I’m even asking Him to show me places where He wants me to be present because someone there is seeking Him. And of course, to do this, I have to be aware and listening to the Holy Spirit, who is always present with me and yet also sometimes gets lost in my distractedness.
How about you? Do you struggle with being distracted and sometimes fail to be present with the people you’re actually with? How do you deal with this? Do you have suggestions for me on how I can do better at this? I’d love to hear them in the comment section below!
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