Be Present Where You Are
Be present where you are. This takes a little effort, concentration, and discipline, but it pays eternal dividends. Live each day to the fullest and avoid the danger of losing your way. The present is a gift!
- Look into the eyes of the person who is talking to you. Gather insights for praying for this person. Be present where you are.
- Slow down at mealtime. Smell your food. Savor the taste. Give thanks as you eat. Be present where you are.
- Be alert to the sights and sounds around you. Look for small wonders of nature. Take a leaf. Look at its delicate intricacies. Feel the texture. Open your senses to God’s world and view things you may have missed yesterday. Pause and thank God for the everyday miracles of His creation all surrounding you. Experience His nearness. Continually express gratitude to God for the beauty of nature. Be present where you are.
- Give God your full attention during your devotional time. Eliminate haste. Be present where you are.
Turn Scripture into a Personal Prayer:
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil.
May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. I Thessalonians 5:11-23
Dear God, I do not know the day of Your returning, but I want to live every day to the fullest, always watchful, alert, and ready for Your return. While I wait, I want to please You in my daily living, to encourage others and build them up, to be joyful, and to keep praying with thanksgiving no matter what happens. I know that this is Your will. I want You to make me entirely pure and devoted to You. Keep my spirit, soul, and body strong and blameless until that day when the Lord Jesus Christ comes back again. Amen.1
1Patsy Lewis. Simply Praying (Kansas City, Missouri: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2006), p. 129-131.