We all face hardships. This time of year can be a stressful time of year for all of us. We are trying to finish out the year, we are in holiday events, and it can be hard to be completely present in the situation you are in. We have so much going on that we can get distracted by everything on our minds. It is important to remember that every moment God gives us is a gift. Today we are going to talk about some of the things that can get in your way and prevent you from being present in the moment.
1. Putting too much on yourself or others
Having too much on your agenda can rob you from being present in the moment. We can get so caught up in what is coming next or what is on our agenda, that we can forget about the people around us and the situations God is presenting us with.
2. Not giving up control and empowering others
It is important to let other people learn and be empowered. That is part of leadership and teaching people to learn and grow. It's ok to give your kids, your spouse, your employees, a little bit of responsibility. Through these responsibilities people start to learn about what God has in store for them. We carry a load of more responsibility that we really need to, and it can cause us to not be present in the moment.
3. Personal pain and grief
Grief is real and it is something that impacts all of us. Some of us more than others, and the holiday season can be especially tough. Letting this pain and grief get to you can rob you of being in the moment with your family and friends that you are around during this season. It's what Christmas is really all about. It's about Jesus and spending time with people.
Isaiah 7:14 ESV
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
That never ceases to amaze me. God sent Himself to us as a gift. The very first Christmas gift was the absolute best and greatest present that God could have ever given us. Himself. God wants us to represent him in our lives. We don't have the opportunity to do this if we don't learn to be present.
Luke 2:7 ESV
And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
Mary gave birth to God himself in a manger. There was nowhere for her to give birth to the savior of the world. Can you image the pressure she was under? This story is meant to show us that the world, even at His birth, was too crowded for Jesus. Unfortunately, that is still the case today. People have their own lives. They live in a way that represents their own ideas, their own nature, and it gets crowded. The best part is that it was never too crowded for Jesus to be with us. When Jesus was on this Earth he lived in the moment. He was able to recognize the people around Him.
Our God is with us now and throughout our entire life. Jesus was given the task to save the entire world, past, present, and future, and still had time for the people in His life. His agenda and plans were far superior to anything we have on our to do list.
Luke 10: 40-42 ESV
But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her to help me." But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her."
Martha had so much anxiety about the work and the tasks at hand, that she couldn't be present even with Jesus in front of them. You can over work yourself and get so distracted that we can't see what is right in front of us. We have to make the conscious choice to be present in our day to day. It is so easy to get caught up and get busy. This holiday season, make sure to slow down and completely be present in each and every moment you get to experience.