The Art Of Christian Living

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There is no moment more precious than the exact moment you are living. And that exact moment has a lot to do with how future moments play out.  Obert Skye

Pay attention to time. Be in the moment. Time waits for no one. This should be our new mantra. If you love somebody, tell them now, do not wait.  Paul, in 2 Timothy 4, admonished Timothy to come visit him before winter and also warned him about the importance of living for now because time waits for no one.

Don’t wait too long for your calling, and/or destiny. Paul raised a man from the dead and then continued preaching. He remained in the moment. He knew how important that moment was to him and to the people who were with him. (Acts 20:7:38)

Live In The Moment – Be Present

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. Epicurus

Last year, I spent most of my time trying to live in the moment and focus on what matters. Though I did not achieve a perfect mindfulness lifestyle, I was more grounded than ever before, and it showed in many aspects of my life. This year I started focusing on growth and found myself drifting toward the future more often than not, and I can honestly tell the difference. I came to realize that talking about living in the present or in the now does not equate to actually doing it. Life gets busy and it is easy to go with the flow without pausing to pay attention to what really matters. Little by little I have become more future-orientated, talking without taking much action.

Paul used every moment in his life to serve the Lord, even in prison he did not waste his time. He gave it all, always present in what he did regardless of circumstance. It is no surprise that he wanted Timothy to pay attention to the seasons of life.

You can dance in the storm. Don’t wait for the rain to be over before because it might take too long. You can do it now. Wherever you are, right now, you can start, right now; this very moment. Israelmore Ayivor

Paul had gone through many trials but this time he knew his time had come. Whatever you have to do, do it now. Don’t wait too long. Don’t wait to say I love you to your wife, husband, children, partner, parents, friends, etc. This is a vital lesson for all of us to always treat others with love, kindness and respect and not postpone it until later. No one really knows the hour or time they will leave this world.

For example, Bishop T.D. Jakes in a recent sermon talked about awareness of the present moment can shift our understanding with our love ones. For example, when you realize that you’re not just living together with your spouse, but you are also dying together. You will begin to treat each other differently. That is why he said “If I were you, I wouldn’t wait too long”

Do Not Waste Your Time On Petty Things

You do not have time to be stubborn or judgmental because your time is too precious to waste. Instead, create moments.

  • What you are going to do, do it now
  • Whatever you’re to reach for, reach for it now
  • Whoever you going to love, love them now
  • Whoever you are going to hug or hold, hug and hold them now
  • Whatever you are to write, write it now
  • Whatever you’re going to preach, preach it now

I am glad that I watched Bishop T.D. Jakes sermon on Come Before Winter. I was reminded to pay attention to “the now”, to be purposeful with my life and the others around me. I hope it will inspire you too. Thank you for reading and happy weekend.

Bishop T.D. Jakes

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