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paying attention to here and now

Our church is launching a simple theme this fall: 


These words from a recent message keep echoing through my mind:

The past is not ours to change. 

The future is not ours to see.

There is only one call that God extends.

It is here.

And it is now.

–Rev. J. Douglas Paterson

Makes me wonder, regardless of our faith tradition:

Are we too caught up in the past, future, or self to notice what’s happening here and now?   

What are we doing here and now to make the world a better place?

How do I discern what I should be doing, here and now?

Listening for that still small voice in the cacophony (or symphony?) of the world. . .

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3 comments to paying attention to here and now

  • I love this. LOVE it!
    And I’ll continue to think Here. Now. all day today.

  • Carol H.

    I am reading the book, Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God by Francis Chan. I am finding more “Here. Now” thoughts….

    from page 102 – “Why do so few people genuinely find joy and pleasure in their relationship with God? Why do most people feel they have to either pay God back for all He’s done (buy His love) or somehow keep making up for all their inadequacies and failures (prove their love)?”

    and on page 103 – “The answer lies in letting Him change you.”
    and at the top of page 104 – “He wasn’t talking about the future. He meant now, in this lifetime.”

    Allowing God to continually change me is my task for here, now.

  • pam

    Carol–thanks for the highlights. I’d love to read that book.

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