Doing vs. Being – A Lesson in Being Present

This past week I received a message from (in)courage about some new Facebook groups they were starting. Even though I haven’t participated in a group like this before, I felt compelled to join the “Marriage & Mommyhood” group, which subsequently met its max size and closed. Somehow the fact that I read that message at just the right moment to join before it closed seemed to confirm for me that perhaps there was a Message of another kind behind it – a Message with a capital M meant just for me.

Even though I am writing this “Week 1″ post a day late, I still wanted to express my thoughts – because the message of doing vs. being has resonated with me so strongly over the course of the last week. And also because I am interpreting this Message as another reminder that God has given me my creative gifts to be shared, not to be worried over and pushed aside in the flurry of daily minutia we all experience.

Be still and know that I am God.

Pause for just a moment in those words. How comforting and reassuring they are. How often do we really feel permission to do that? To BE. STILL. And just KNOW.

I know most of the time I don’t feel I’m allowed to be still. There’s always something I should be DOING. But guess what? Those “shoulds” usually come from ourselves, or others, or our perception that others expect them. God wants us to be still.

Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10

I found this past week in reflection, that sometimes it’s easier to BE in the small moments, even within larger moments of doing. There’s no big production required – no need to create a special space for BIG “moments of being.” This is not of course meant to discount the value of making room for dedicated prayer and meditation in your day or week, but to elevate and validate those small moments of BEING.

Those times when you’re preparing a meal and feel so thankful to have the food before you to share with your family.

When you really connect eye to eye with your child when they are telling you a story.

When you actually pause enough to listen to the soft voice inside your soul.

It’s about gratitude. Connecting. Understanding that we are always one with God and that if we are just still for that moment, we can feel it. It’s deep. Yes, and when I allow it I can feel such a powerful, yet tender tug on my heart.

Try it. I promise you it won’t make dinner late to pause for a moment while you are breading that chicken and just BE.

And I’m pretty sure you’ll feel stronger, calmer, and more connected to God every time you practice in those small precious moments: BE present.

Be still and know that I am God.

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