“Be here now!” was the banner that often decorated our walls at my workplace.
It attempted to encourage an attitude of excitement about being somewhere you were required to come in order to make a living. It was a great job and atmosphere, but work is still work. It was hard to be very excited about it.
However, as I moved on to different stages of life, I’ve realized how wise and right that statement is.
Isn’t it easy to wish for the next thing? If Christmas would just come... If winter would be over (or never come)... If Johnny was potty trained... If Sally would only get married... If I could just graduate... If I only had enough money to retire... If we could just get our house fixed up. The list goes on and on.
There's always something to be looking forward to, but only at the risk of losing the moment.
I can’t tell you how many moms have told me not to wish away the late nights with my babies or the “one more story” moments. Each stage can seem to drag on at times, but all stages will pass without returning.
Be in the moment. Be here now.
There is so much to enjoy in the moment that will never be the same in the next one.
Take notice of your spouses changing interests and strong qualities.
Enjoy the living room despite the unfinished basement.
Squeeze every ounce of enjoyment out of your job.
Highlight the best aspects of your friends instead of imagining a perfect one.
Be thankful for whatever salary you have.
I have an accountant friend who just told me how he witnesses regularly the fact that no matter how much money someone is making, it doesn’t mean they don’t have problems. If some problems are solved by the money, they come up with new ones. The people who are happy with a small salary are still thankful with a big one, but those who aren’t content with a small one, aren’t content with a big one either.
Putting our focus on people as they are now and not on stuff as it should be later can go a long way in keeping our hearts aligned with Christ’s.
He knew what was to come in His life on earth, but He still took time for people.
Be here now with the people God has put around you by being grateful for whatever is filling your moment and stage of life. You'll be glad you did.