What’s your favorite day? Is it Thanksgiving? Christmas? Your birthday?
Many of us count down the days until vacation – when we’re outta here and our responsibilities are on the back burner! Yeah! How about your day off? Is that your favorite?! I lean towards vacation days, when I’m off with my hubby, away from the hustle bustle, meetings and deadlines. Those days are delightful!
But, I think Winnie the Pooh’s outlook is probably the healthiest perspective – Dare I say.. the more Christ-like one? Who doesn’t love Pooh?! This mamma loved him because I never had to wonder if my sons were exposed to anything bad. I was pretty selective about what my boys watched and Pooh always had a moral weaved into the shows.
So, let me ask you…Do you remember Pooh’s favorite day?
That’s right. Today!
Pooh Bear knows the power of living in the moment. Jesus did too. Today that’s harder than ever, but we can do it.
When we live in the moment, we can more easily see the beauty around us. Click To Tweet For instance, as I sit here typing on my patio, I’m noticing my devoted and loving dog at my feet, two different flowers (a begonia and bleeding heart vine) in my yard that have grown back and bloomed since the hurricane in mid-September, and a brisk breeze. If I were to glance, I’d probably just comment that the foliage is ransacked and pitiful since Hurricane Irma. But being mindful of my surroundings brings a tender joy – that I would otherwise miss.
My husband has a plaque in his office that says: Be Here Now. Click To Tweet Many people call this “mindfulness.” Jesus mastered that concept. In John 4 his disciples had left him to go the village for food. While they were gone, Jesus met a Samaritan woman and ministered to her. Apparently, his mind wasn’t on food, because when they reminded him he needed to eat, he let them know in verse 32, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” (you can read the story here)
Looking a little further into the verses that follow we can see that Jesus goes on to explain that his ultimate “food” was doing God’s work. Jesus was in the moment. He saw the need around him and met that need. And that fed his soul.
“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work….” (John 4:34)
Jesus knew what satisfied – and it wasn’t a meal. It was being mindful, aware and ready to be used as God prompted him.
Have you ever been used by God? Using your gifts, talents or time to touch someone else’s life? The sweet feeling of joy that we experience when we affect someone’s life for the better surpasses our physical longings and satisfies a hunger deep within our souls.If were honest, being mindful is a bit challenging in this day and age. Click To Tweet
Three major obstacles to being in the moment are:
With that in mind, it takes a process for us to get a hold of our thoughts and bring them from wandering to experiencing the “here and now.” i.e., it’s work!
The plethora of screens offer instant gratification and keeps us from seeing reality – that which is going on around us.
We are too focused on ourselves and our agendas.
Unless we make a point of captivating our thoughts, they tend to wander back to our favorite subject: US!
Don’t fret!!! Enjoying today for what it offers is doable. We can look at the day as a treasure hunt. I’m thinking (to some degree) this must’ve been how Jesus lived. He couldn’t spend every minute of every day ministering, healing, and miracle-working. Instead he (must’ve) looked around to see who and what was around him and what God would have him do.
Let’s do the same – look around us, see who is there, what needs we are called to meet, and allow God to use us the way HE wants to. It takes being intentional, observant and ready! And we can join Pooh and say TODAY is our favorite day!
Have an amazing “Today”!
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