One week. 7 days. 168 hours. No matter how we choose to measure it, the span of time we are given to get things done repeats itself over, and over again. Week by week, the majority of us fill our schedules to the top with various plans from school, work, social events, or even church. […]

The Beauty is in the Now: Living Beyond a To-Do List

One week. 7 days. 168 hours.

No matter how we choose to measure it, the span of time we are given to get things done repeats itself over, and over again. Week by week, the majority of us fill our schedules to the top with various plans from school, work, social events, or even church. We are always thinking of what to do every second, what we’re going to do in the next minute, and what we might do in the next hour or day.  It’s a cycle of always thinking ahead yet never appreciating the now.

God didn’t give us these precious moments so we can just waste planning for the moments we aren’t even fully guaranteed. We need to, instead, cherish each moment we are given and make time for the things that are most important like Christ, family, and godly friends- the greatest of these being Christ.

We can’t call ourselves Christians and refuse to make time for Christ, just like we can’t call ourselves a professional at a sport and refuse to practice. Growing in your faith takes time and action. You’ve got to put time aside and take action to grow closer to God  in the present moments; read your Bible, pray, worship, love on others, and focus on the Lord. Only then can the rest of your schedule work itself out and align to God’s perfect will for your life. Once our priorities are in check, our lives will naturally fall in line. [Matthew 6:33]

 “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:” (Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV)

In the hecticness of life, it can be hard to find time to sit down and read your Bible, or even make time to attend a church service. I know from personal experience just how much your life and situations can change just from setting aside even half an hour a day for God. Cherish each moment you make for him. Joy comes when we become present in the now, and refuse to stress about the future or dwell in the pass

From the songs of the birds singing in the morning to the crickets chirping as the sun sets. From the moment we lift up our hands in morning worship, to the time we bow our heads down in pre-sleep prayer, there is beauty in the now.

 

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I pray as you plan for the future, you take time aside to put your focus on Christ, as well as take joy in the little moments. I also pray that you will look to your Bibles as a map when life’s trials and tribulations come about. They don’t call it the living Word of God without reason.

 

Lydia Wondimu

Lydia Wondimu

Staff Writer at Christian En Vogue
Lydia Wondimu is a young girl from Ethiopia who has a heart for others.Dedicating her life to Christ at an early age, Lydia has set out from her home in Seattle across the globe to spread the Gospel, making sure each person she meets leaves with a smile knowing they are loved by their Heavenly Father. When she's not busy making coffee for her customers; you'll most probably find her eating everything in sight, or laughing with somebody, whether they're a friend or a stranger-turned-friend.
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