Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Here and Now

I recently read and enjoyed Sarah Mackenzie's ebook Teaching from Rest (If you are a homeschooler and have not read this book, you really should!) In the book she brought up the idea that multi-tasking can really make it difficult to live right now, in this moment.  When we are trying to juggle the responsibilities of teaching, laundry, cooking, cleaning, lessons and other outside activities, (not to mention trying to fit in some down time), it becomes very difficult nearly impossible to focus on what is right in front of us right now. Sarah's advice is to make an effort to focus on what it is we are doing at this moment in time, and to keep our attention on it until it is finished. In other words, she suggest that we pay attention to what we are doing.

Of course this is great advice. But like many pieces of great advice, it's not so easy to live it out as it is to say it. Paying attention to things is a habit that must be cultivated and carefully kept. If one has already formed a habit of inattention, then it takes great effort to overcome it.

Drifting from one action to the next, or even from one thought to the next without purpose and without mindfulness takes us out of this moment altogether. Where or when we are I'm not sure, but it's not here or now.

If we allow ourselves to follow all the trails and threads of distracting thoughts as they occur our vision becomes blurred and we fail to see Christ in our midst. We are so busy running ourselves ragged that we don't have the ability to stop and see Him or hear what He has to say. Yes, we might read our Bible and say our prayers, but if our attention is not used to being held on one thing it's not so easy to even pay attention to what we read or what we pray. 

And if we can't be fully present then we are missing something big. Because here and now is where Christ is. The eternal I AM.

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