Ever heard anyone say, "Just live in the moment!"? I have often wondered how that works. In our day to day lives, we have such hectic schedules to keep just to be able to meet the needs of our families, jobs and financial obligations. Living in the moment always seemed like it required me to throw caution to the wind and just let loose. It seemed irresponsible!
Lately, I've been giving it a lot of thought and have decided that, in true Lazarus frame of mind, I would give it a shot and just live in the moment. I think Lazarus would have much preferred to live each and every moment as if it were his last, considering he had already "been there and done that".
Several things occurred to me. First, as long as you are taking care of your business (ie: family, job, bills) what is the harm in it? Second, the opportunities for adventure are certainly present each and every day. Who doesn't like adventure? Third, remember those chances I talked about? TAKE ONE! The chances for change and growth are more pronounced.
When you choose to live in the moment, you find yourself learning how to adapt much more easily. You find things more exciting. Even mundane tasks (like paying bills) are more meaningful because you had a new experience that offered you an opportunity to see things a little differently, made you more appreciative of what you're living for.
Living in the moment doesn't mean throwing caution to the wind. It can (and probably should) mean you are living in faith. It means if a warning bell is going off in your head, you probably shouldn't do it. BUT! (and here's the fun part) if you evaluate it quickly and see that there is no harm in it, there will be no harm to anyone else, you're not neglecting something or someone else, then have faith that this just might be exactly where you are supposed to be right this very minute. It could be that God has brought you to this particular time, with this particular opportunity, in order to bless you, help you grow somehow, help someone else who just might need your particular attention. It might possibly be that He has brought you into a situation that will lead you to much bigger and better thing than that which you are currently involved. “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10 God wants you to have a full and abundant life! How can you possibly do that if you're planning out every second of every day. We lose sight of the what if's and the what could be's when we blind ourselves to detours in the road. As long as those those detours lead us closer to Him and not away from Him, why not take a road less traveled and see what He has in store for you? “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24 How can we properly rejoice if we are too busy planning?
We should embrace the freedom that spontaneity, that last minute chance, offers and live fully. You may find an over abundance of blessings on the other side you never would have found otherwise.