Our Bible verse for today: “So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What we will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:31-34 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Learn to live in the moment”
Yesterday I encouraged you to consider taking a short spiritual retreat, some quiet time for just you and the Lord. There are many benefits to taking a spiritual retreat and one of them is that it helps us to refocus and to live in the moment.
When I say “live in the moment” I’m talking about paying attention to what’s going on around you. In the military we called it “situational awareness”. Many of us don’t “live in the moment”. We’re too distracted. Our minds are filled with thoughts of the problems we believe we have, the things we need to do, and even fantasies of how we wish things were. There’s a lot of noise inside those heads of ours.
I know this to be true because it’s true of me but also, I spend enough time counseling people to know that it’s true of most of you too. We spend way too much time brooding about the past and being anxious about the future. Much of the time we’re thinking about “what was” and “what could be” rather than about “what is”.
A spiritual retreat helps to quiet the voices in our heads and to refocus on the present. I’m talking about mindfulness. It’s the ability to simply “be” and to see what “is”. It’s a time to savor and reflect and appreciate. It’s only then that we become truly alive. This is when we hear the birds sing, and we pause to appreciate the beauty of a flower, and we finally notice – really notice – how spectacular the scenery all around us is.
This is also when we begin to hear that “still small voice of God”. Seldom does God shout at us. Almost always He uses His inside voice – the voice we hear inside our heads and our hearts. It’s soft and quiet, and in order to hear it we need to be quiet too – and undistracted.
First and foremost a spiritual retreat can help us to once again begin living in the moment. Then, hopefully, some of that will carry over and come home with you. Perhaps you will begin to live more in the moment as a normal way of life. The Lord said, “Be still and know that I am God …” (Psalm 46:10). That’s another way of saying “Learn to live in the moment.”