Monday, April 13, 2009

These are the times to remember

April 13, 2009

My family just got back in town from visiting my in-laws in Arkansas for the Easter weekend. On our way there I was kicked to the back seat while my 15 year old drove while my husband co-piloted. As I sat cross legged flipping through a magazine, my IPod cued up “This is the time to remember” by Billy Joel. The chorus says “This is the time to remember, ‘cause it will not last forever. These are the days to hold on to, ‘cause we won’t although we’ll want to. This is the time, but times are gonna change…” I found that as I listened to those words and watched my first born spreading his wings as he drove, I momentarily fought back a few tears knowing that our time with him was going by so fast. There were so many days that I didn’t appreciate the blessing of watching him grow into the young man that sat before me. I became mentally determined to remember that moment and be thankful for being a part of it.

The next morning came really early after a late night of cards and family fun. I mindlessly walked through my regular routine of getting ready for the day but had a nagging feeling that something wasn’t quite right. Then instantly I knew what was wrong…this wasn’t my toothbrush!! I had been brushing with my husband’s toothbrush (sorry honeyJ)! I was really convicted in that moment that I was spending a lot of time in ‘auto pilot’, just going through the motions of my day to day life. Sound familiar?

Later that night we attended an Easter vigil at my in laws’ church. I spent a lot of time thinking about the importance of Christ’s sacrifice. God went to this extreme of sacrificing His Son because He loves us and wanted to give us the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is there to open our eyes to not only hear from God but to see Him move. When we walk mindlessly though our lives, we fail to value the moment we’re in because we’re focused on the moments we are striving for. As a result, we miss the sweetness of the moment.

I’ve promised myself, and God, that I’m going to focus on being ‘in the moment.’ I definitely have hopes and dreams for my life, but I’m determined to start appreciating the moment I’m in. I’ve decided to go back to keeping a Gratitude Journal. These journals are a tangible way of making you stop at the end of each day and focus on the blessings of the day. I used to keep one years ago and unfortunately allowed myself to fall out of the habit. But as the piano man says ‘these are the times to remember’ and this is just one way to make myself stop and remember the blessings in my life. I’d love if you join me!

Be blessed,
Jennifer

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

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