As Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, Iâ€™ve been reminded of the importance of being present to those around. Available. Listening. Being slow to respond.
In our fast-paced, hyperactive, overloaded society, we often hop in our cars ready to â€œgetâ€™er done.â€ Itâ€™s a mentality that we all have shared. The moment we crawl out of bed, we have things racing through our heads.
The lunchboxes to pack.
The laundry to get done.
The groceries to shop.
The phone calls to return.
The bills to pay.
The errands to run.
Itâ€™s difficult to put aside the chase that occurs within. However, not long ago, during a summer book club, I personally was challenged to â€œBe presentâ€ more. To put aside
Our people need us. They really do. The children we raise and the husband we wed. The people we lock arms with to do ministryâ€¦they need us too. They need us to give them 100%. Is that what you do?
I wonder what would happen if we put our phones away. Stop obsessing with whoâ€™s who and Hollywood. Put aside politics and the daily news. And ratherâ€¦start looking across the table. Listening to what is being said.
I wonder if deep, meaningful conversations would begin? Relationships strengthened. Marriages healed. Children would be known. Neighbors no longer ignored.
By doing soâ€¦we think of ourselves lessâ€¦and more of those around.
This reminds me of a bible verse that you probably can recite from memory, â€œLove God, love othersâ€ (Mark 12:30-31)â€¦but oh, how easily we forget.
What is your biggest challenge in loving others well? What does it look like to â€œBe Presentâ€ to you?
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