I was talking to some friends yesterday about kid’s milestones – and how we look forward to the next step so much. You know – crawling, walking, feeding themselves, talking, etcetera and etcetera.
It occurred to me that I spend a lot of time waiting for that next milestone… for my youngest right now it’s talking.
But I also realized, from being through this with two other kids, that once it happens, there will be times that I look back on “now” and wish we were here again.
I’ll give you an example… when my firstborn was about two months old, someone at church told me “these are the best times – enjoy them!” I thought this woman was crazy. I wasn’t getting any sleep! (and I likes me some sleep!) I was desperately wishing for my baby to sleep through the night!! But now I know exactly what that woman meant. When I look back on that time, it is so precious.
So why is it so hard to live in the present? To fully enjoy each day without wishing for the next?
I like to think I’m a little better at it with my third child than I was with the first. That perspective of knowing how fast 0 – 8 goes is priceless. But I still want to be better at living in the moment. Lord, help me!!
I’m going to try to use this verse – John 10:10 – to remind myself that Jesus intends us to live fully. Which I take to mean living fully in the “present” that He gives us.
“…I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
What about you… do you have any tips to help me live fully in the present?