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“Teach us how short our life is, so that we may become wise.” Psalm 90:12 TEV

In the middle of my busy days and overflowing to-do list, it’s easy to forget that today might be all that I get. My life’s race may be over in an instant. So, while I make plans and set goals and keep my eyes on the dream, I also need a healthy perspective.

I need to be where I am. Or, as someone said, keep your rear end and your mind in the same place. And the place where I am includes wonderfully priceless moments with my husband, children, and extended family. Moments to laugh when my six-year-old son tells me that waiters have to be handsome so that people will like to eat the food. Moments to savor when my thirteen-year-old daughter mimics my morning routine. Or my twelve-year-old son spontaneously gives me a hug. (Like that’s gonna happen again anytime soon!)

As I was reminded in my Bible Study this week, “Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity” ~Ephesians 5:15-16 NIV

The present is just that – a present. A gift. One I don’t want to squander.

What about you? When is it hardest to be “all there?” How do you keep the balance between focus on your dreams and focus on the people around you?

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2 thoughts on “Focus on the Present

  • March 31, 2010 at 2:04 pm
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    >Always to remember the golden rule I guess to stay in the JOY of the moment. Serving Jesus first, then Others and finally You!

    With a formula like that you can't get it wrong.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  • March 31, 2010 at 6:50 pm
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    >Hi Candee –

    Amen! Our relationship with the Lord and our families are top priority.

    When I'm tempted to take on more than I should, I assess the time commitment in realistic terms. Serving on a committee is not one hour a week or month. There's research, reports, and telephone calls.

    Blessings,
    Susan 🙂

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