Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now… Matthew 6:34 (MSG)
Give Your Entire Attention – Live In the Movement Series – Part 1
‘Here' is the hardest place to be.
We make plans for the future, we dream about the past, we schedule appointments, we put photo’s of memories in frames. We plan for birthdays and holidays and what we’re going to do on the weekend and when we’ve finished work. We say things like: one day, when the time is right, remember when, when that happens, when I get that job, I can’t wait till, if only that didn’t happen…
The future and the past occupy a whole lot of our time and energy.
But this moment? How much energy and attention does it get?
So much takes us away from what is happening right now, in real time, in front of our faces, in our bodies, hearts, and minds, with the people we love, and those we share the world. From news to social media to TV shows to ads everywhere (hello clickbait on Facebook), and things like hunger and sugar cravings and endless cups of coffee.
Anything can be used to pacify us from facing right now.
In his memoir, Matthew records Jesus talking about worry and the future. It’s in Chapter 6 from verse 25 – 34. The monologue ends with this:
“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow…” (MSG).
I think more than it being about a command to not worry (I wrote a whole devotion about that in a series called “Sins”), Jesus was talking about living in the moment. Being here, right now, aware, awake, and attentive.
Here is the hardest place to be. Especially if there is pain, or suffering, or work to be done. Especially if you’d rather be anywhere but here.
But here’s the thing: you are unique and marvelous, a miracle and a mystery. No one has ever been you before, and no one ever will be. Where you are right now is the culmination of a phenomenon of people and places and decisions and choices and events. As ordinary and painful and pedestrian and unglamorous and busy and frantic and crazy and messy as it seems, where you are sitting right now is nothing short of miraculous. You are a revelation, an imprint of the heart and mind of the Divine on the earth. Yep. You. Right here, right now.
But nothing's perfect? But you're broken? But you have more to do? But you make mistakes? But you’re tired?
I hear you.
My phrase for 2018 is this: live in the movement. Because at this very moment, there is never just one thing happening; There is a relationship of things going on in my life. I have health challenges, but at the same time, I have work success. I’ve struggled to pay bills, while at the same time, I’ve experienced the passion and freedom of my partner's love.
I have big decisions to make, but I also have two gorgeous kids that just want to dance and sing with me while the summer breeze flows in through the back door and wraps itself around us.
Life is never still, there is always movement. Yet, we try to pin it down. And when we can’t, we distract ourselves with all.the.things.
“Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matt 11:28-29 (MSG).
How do you be here now? How do we pay attention? How do you learn to see the miracle that you are even in the mess that you’re in?
Live in the movement.