This year I’m focusing on being present — physically, mentally, spiritually. I want my mind to focus on what my body is doing. I want to savor the moments, cherish the people and places I find myself near, and truly focus on wherever I happen to be.
It’s shaping up to be a big year of transition for us. Lord willing, my husband will graduate from seminary in May with a Master’s of Divinity. Then we’re hoping to have the official interview/acceptance meeting with our mission board, and take a quick survey trip to some possible church-plant locations. Then deputation!
And that’s just the things we know about. Who knows what else God may be planning for us this year?
So I’m focusing on being present wherever God leads us. I love this quote by missionary-martyr Jim Elliot, which pretty much explains my philosophy: Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.
Practically speaking, what does that look like?
Being present in the moment may mean less social media, and more real-life interaction. It may mean shorter or fewer blog posts. It may mean simplifying my routines, so I can focus more fully on the truly important things.
Being present means exchanging the ephemeral for the eternal, the urgent for the truly important, so I can focus both physical and mental energy on whatever I’m doing — whether that’s something mundane like housework or exercising, something challenging like seminary or brainstorming my next book, or something fun like dating my husband and spending quality time with family.
Being present means immersing myself in whatever God calls me to do next.