I have had an incredibly great day.. Nothing spectacular as far as events go – but just focused. Today was spent 100% with my wife and kids and some much-needed time together – A day swimming and enjoying the summer weather and then a great dinner out tonight. While we were at dinner I had one of those moments when everything around you stops and you have the unique opportunity to just take it all in… Knowing that even though there was no special reason , this day would be memorable above others..
My son had just made us all laugh (no surprise there) when I noticed a woman sitting caddy corner a cross from us with her family. She as well as her family were very well dressed and clearly well taken care of… They were what nearly anyone would consider “Happy” by the worlds standards based on their appearance alone . I noticed her because she was watching what was happening at our table , not that she was rudely staring – but she seemed to be admiring the “moment” that we were having. Judging by the look on her face ,she may have even been admiring all the previous moments because as I have already said – Today was one of those days. Whatever the circumstance , she seemed to be enjoying watching us enjoy ourselves…
After our food came and we were all involved in our meal , I looked back up only to notice her with a much different look on her face. While she was watching us , she was smiling pleasantly as if she could just imagine what we were laughing about – but now she seemed to be lost in her beverage… and it dawned on me why. As I looked at her table , I noticed that her husband and 2 out of her 3 children were all fully engaged in their mobile devices and certainly not engaged with one another. Noticing this prompted me to then look around the restaurant only to realize the sad truth that almost every table had at LEAST one family member sucked in to their phone and COMPLETELY disconnected from the rest of the table….
Distracted and Disinterested = DISCONNECTED
The truth is , no matter how sad and true this is – I have also been guilty of this.. and I was wrong…
How many “moments” have I lost due to distraction? How many moments have I been RIGHT THERE and yet a million miles away? ..too many to count I’m sure – but how lucky am I to realize it now and make sure that I DON’T lose any more?
The connection that we have with our families is a direct reflection of our connection with God.
If we are willing to forsake the time with our Spouses and Children who we claim to be the “Loves of our lives” , how much more have we forsaken to our God the REAL love of our life? I mean , if we can completely ignore the most important people in our lives with them sitting RIGHT next to us , how much more have we neglected time spent with our Creator? I can only look back in wonder at how many opportunities I have missed to spend with my God in prayer , or have many opportunities I have missed to honor him with my example because I was distracted when I should have been attentive – and a host of other missed moments… The bottom line is that I have not made the best use of the time given and I myself MUST DO BETTER..
Ephesians 5:16 says”Make the best use of the time, because the days are evil”… It is my prayer tonight that we ALL do so. We are not promised tomorrow , much less the next minute.. I hope that we all recognize the value in each moment that passes enough to not let them become regrets ,but rather memories.
I have heard it said that “Each passing moment is another opportunity to turn it all around” …Such a powerful saying that not only embodies the urgency for seizing the moment ,but for starting fresh when we realize we have let too many slip from us… Don’t let the devil take another on from you.
15“As for man, his days are like grass;
he flourishes like a flower of the field;
16 for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
and its place knows it no more.
17 But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,
and his righteousness to children’s children,
18 to those who keep his covenant
and remember to do his commandments.
19 The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,
and his kingdom rules over all.
The invitation to study the bible is STILL open to all…. 😉