Yesterday I went out to dinner with some friends I had not seen in a long time. I decided to leave my phone in the car so that I would not have any distractions and I could just enjoy their company. I wanted to stay in the moment and to give my friends my undivided attention. I listened to them attentively. I laughed with them. I shared some delicious food with them and I truly enjoyed some quality time with quality people. I did this thing where I would thank God for those precious moments every few minutes in my head. I think they probably noticed the big smile I had on my face every time I thanked the Lord quietly. If we take the time to embrace the moment and to thank God for everything that happens during those very moments, we realize that we have so much to be grateful for. It also gives us a fresh appreciation for life and for the simple things that add up and that make our days so wonderful. God is present in every moment, in every minute. If we get distracted it’s easy for us to miss Him and to ignore His goodness. God doesn’t jump in and out of our lives. He is present all the time even when we are “absent-minded” and oblivious to His existence.
Gratitude was definitely on the menu of that great evening with friends and I made sure it was the main course during that time well-spent. I thanked God for my friends. I thanked God for the food. I thanked God for our waiter. I thanked God for the water. I thanked God for the beautiful utensils. I thanked God for the ambiance. I thanked God for the laughters and the joy. I thanked God for the moment. I thanked God for being God. How many times do we thank Him for being who He is? Not for what He does but for who He is. Who He is has a profound significance for our lives. He is the air we breathe, the oxygen to our spiritual lungs and the water for our spiritual bodies. Thank God for God. He deserves our praise and our undivided attention.
How many times do we decide to spend time with God but we let life distract us and get in the way? How often do we keep our cell phone closer to us than we keep God closed to our hearts? I left my phone in my car because my friends deserved my focus. I need to “leave my phone in the car” more often when I sit down at the table of the Lord ready to eat the spiritual fruit He has to offer. There is no better time than the present to make it a priority to give the Lord our undivided attention. There is no one more deserving of our focus than the Lord. He is at the heart of what we believe so He should be at the heart of what we pay attention to the most.
I strive to listen to the Lord more than I listen to the world. Not that the world is bad but I am able to enjoy this world because of Him and the Creator means more to me than His creation. I want to continue to enjoy the moment by enjoying His company. I want to continue to laugh at His table, taste His spiritual delicacies, hear His stories and learn from His Majesty. God is in every moment. Love is in every moment. Joy is in every moment. Peace is in every moment. We should also stay in every moment and thank the One who deserves all our thanks not just for what He does but also for who He is. Thank God for God!
Suggested reading: Psalm 9:1; 1 Thessalonians 5:18; Ephesians 5:18-20