“This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24) Over the past year, I have felt God whisper many times to me to get out of my own head and pay attention to what’s around me. Not to always worry about the next thing, in music or with my kids. It became the phrase “live for this” and I would snap myself back to reality when I started to live in the past or worry about the future. I realized that in many parts of my life, I felt like if I could just learn something now, then I could be really prepared at some future point in my life. That everything now was not good enough in and of itself, but only as a preparation for the future.
Over the past several months I have felt strongly that I need to stop thinking this way. I am here to experience life, not just to prepare and look forward to something else. I have started paying closer attention to what’s around me and trying to drink in moments with all of my senses. I try to notice how the air feels or really savor foods I eat. I take time to look around the room I am in and listen to small sounds I often ignore. I have found to much to enjoy and to be interested in. Life is brighter when I actually look at it!
When it came time to choose what music to write knowing my limited resources, I felt strongly that this was the message to share. And then I filmed a music video with my neighbors in reverse (much easier to dance in reverse, haha!). It’s not a heavy song, but it’s an important message to me.
How could you more fully “live for this”?