Being in the Now Moment
When I am not in my now moment, it’s very much like going on a scenic journey through the crisp fall mountains while thinking about all I have to do when I get home. Stupid. I miss the experience because I am not in my now moment. I’m involved with my future and missing my very present moment. It would’ve been wiser for me just to stay home and do what I now am worrying about. Though I would’ve missed the beautiful vistas, at least it would have been more effective.
But without the Will of God this is a fruitless debate. If the Will of God was for me to be on the scenic journey, and I was mentally at home worrying about my work, I’d be in rebellion to His Will and vice versa. The Will of God is my standard. My obedience is to be in His Will, with all my being. His Will is found in my present moment.
Multitasking and My Now Moment
There is a farce out there that multitasking is the most effective means of getting things done. This is a joke. Let me give you an example. If I am a father and I go out to play with my children but instead I’m thinking about what I have to do at work tomorrow, I not only rob myself of the full joy of being with my children, I also rob them of me. Additionally, splitting my focus divides my effectiveness in preparing for work. Essentially, I am halfhearted in both endeavors and who wants a halfhearted effort? Speaking as a boss, a perpetually distracted employee is a candidate for a pink slip. And with a distracted father, the children can feel abandoned while he’s right before them. Being in the present moment is the only way to truly be alive.
This is easier said than done. I have trained my mind to run ahead and set things up for me. But I don’t have a huge cranium able to partition and parcel out my thoughts. And I don’t want the personality of a computer, which would be needed to do this. I want to be in my NOW moments.
Not in the Now Moment
I had a pastor once who I witnessed many times greeting the people. After his sermons, he would go out into the congregation and mingle. What I saw was something tragic. He would go and speak with people, all the while looking about the room for the next beneficiary of his token attention. He would look through people, not at them. He wasn’t in his present moment; he was projecting his next. I was told this left many a congregant cool and empty. His heart was in the task, not in the moment, so he missed the enjoyment of the people. Had he visited one person a week, fully present in his moment, it would have been so much more fruitful.
In our industrial nation, equipped with smart devices and massive time crunches, it’s easy to become a task rather than a person. We become functionality rather than enjoyment. We can even do this with our vacations. I don’t go to experience a moment; I perform another task. “I am now unwinding. I’ve got that checked off the list!”
Life is found in our moments. And what makes us a person is being in that moment, experiencing it with Him and those He puts around us.
You make known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.
Psalm 16:11 NIV
So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.
Ephesians 5:15-16 NLT