The Importance of the Present - Managing Life's Demands AND God's Calling

Photo by Chris Benson

Photo by Chris Benson

My parents died when my children were very young. My son remembers them but the memories are few. My daughter really can’t remember them at all.

One thing my Mother told me before she died while she was holding my little boy was, “Wendy, be present when you’re with these babies.” She went on to explain that one of the most important gifts you can bestow on anyone is your attention when you give your time.

I’ve never forgotten that. I didn’t always practice that, but just as soon as I realized my kids were pulling on me when they were little or saying “You’re not listening” as they got older, I would stop what I was doing and give them my full attention. Those times were and are priceless! I have to say, my Mother was full of great advice (and so was my Dad).

I say all that to say this, time with the ones we love is precious. They’re here one minute and gone the next. I know what it’s like to be so busy with work and what I feel God is calling me to do that I short change those I love. I have to consciously STOP and be in the present when in the presence of others. At first, it was difficult, but once I got it through my thick skull that things are temporary, people are of ETERNAL value and that my FAMILY is who God has entrusted to me, it’s much easier.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 1 Peter 1:3-4 ESV

Even now I have to keep reminding myself that all the things I feel like God is calling me to do may not be what He wants me to do at this moment. For example, I believe God is calling me to be a writer and author and He has blessed me with my first self-published book. I know He will have me complete the series that I started, He has me writing this blog and there are a few other things I believe He will have me write and do. But at the present time, I am still working full-time and preparing for a move - a move that is so much God’s calling. So I write at a much slower pace than I’d like to write. I note topics of things that He gives me. And I read His word so I am ready when the time comes.

Hold fast to your calling! Work toward your calling. Be in the present. You may find that His calling is as much in the journey as it is the destination! The good works you are doing by truly living in the present as you follow Christ in the “NOW” of your calling may never be fully known this side of heaven.

I’d love to hear from you! What are some areas you are being called to serve our great Father?