Being Fully…(Hey! Look at That!) Present

Being a disciple of Jesus Christ is a way of life.  With it comes some habits that provide discipline in keeping this way of life.  Missional Life Habits are habits practiced by a disciple of Jesus Christ. They are:

  • Be Present
  • Listen & Learn
  • Serve
  • Share

Over the next few weeks we will be look at each Missional Life Habits in more detail.  This week let’s take a look at the first one, Be Present.

In life there are some many distractions.

Hey, look! There’s a white squirrel just outside the window!

Oh. Did you see the new episode of “NCIS: Los Angeles” last night? Can you believe…

Sorry I got a little distracted there for a bit.

With all of these distractions it can be difficult to pay attention to what it is directly in front of you. Forget it when the phone lights up with the latest notification from social media, email or a text message.  There is always something begging for our attention.

As a disciple we are looking for how the Holy Spirit is leading us to serve and share the Gospel with those in front of us. In order to be observant we need to be fully present, fully engaged.

As we are spending time with others we need to be fully present, fully engaged with them.  It is more than simply showing up and being there in person but our minds are distracted.  We need to be engaged in the conversation and focused on the person in front of us.  In doing so we are communicating that she is important to us and we put aside all other things for the time being and focus on her.  We hear what is being said and what is not being said.

When Jesus was speaking with the Samaritan woman at the well He heard the words she was saying and what she was not saying.  He knew the time of day she was going to the well was not the time most people go.  He noticed her tone of voice and her body language as she spoke.  In doing so He was able to give her the good news that she was desperately searching for in her life.

He was fully present and not distracted while speaking with her. He showed up. He was engaged.  He saw her need and served her at the side of the well.

Showing up is half the battle.  Building relationships with others does take time. Let us as disciples of Jesus Christ to be resolved to be fully present with those we are with in the moment.  May we not be distracted so we are able to follow the Holy Spirit and learn how to serve our neighbor.

This Week’s Challenge:

Whenever you are hanging out with friends this week put away the phone (or anything else that could be distracting) and focus solely on the person in front of you.  What did you notice/learn that you not noticed before?

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