Five Minute Friday.
It’s free-writing at its best. Five minutes straight on a one-word prompt. Nothing fancy. Nothing typical. But an opportunity to let the words fly. It’s freeing and fun and blesses this heart of mine. We gather and share at Kate Motaung’s each week to encourage and be inspired.I invite you to try it… either on your own blog, in the comments section below, or on a piece of paper at your desk.
This week’s word:
This week I chose to be present. The night prior, though, I was second-guessing my decision. But I knew it was the right one for me.
My younger brother and I drove six hours south on Wednesday to attend the celebration service of our grandmother’s life. (She passed away last week at 96 years old.) We were there a couple hours, then turned around and drove six hours back. Twelve hours and 700 miles in a car. On some winding back roads. For the sake of our grandmother and to be present for our aunt and uncle.
It was definitely the right decision for me, as I believe I was the one to receive the biggest blessing.
I think of the many times I chose not to be present. When I chose to do the easier thing, the simpler thing. When I chose to put my needs ahead of another’s. When I chose to be present for myself, and not for someone else. And I wonder how many blessings I missed out on because of those choices.
I desire to be present.
And sometimes that means to stop striving. To cease activity. To be physically present, as well as mentally present. To shut out the distractions, and to focus on who and what’s important right in front of me.
To seek God’s presence in my life and to begin right there. And I’m reminded of Psalm 46:10:
“Be still and know I am God.”
To be still more, and be active less. To seek God more, and to seek myself less.
Where can you and I today be present? When we look around us, who and what do we see?? Who can use your presence and mine in his/her life today?
Let’s make a difference by being present.