How Can I be More Present?

driver-distracted-by-drinking-iphoneThe other day I was out with my kids when I noticed something about myself. For some reason I kept feeling an irresistible urge to reach into my pocket, to pull out a small piece of glass and plastic in order to see if it had anything to say to me. There I was surrounded by my loved ones, enjoying an ice cream cone and yet a nagging question occupied my mind, “What is waiting for me inside of this phone?” It’s not even that there was anything pressing on my mind. I wasn’t waiting for a response from anyone. I wasn’t looking for any information in particular. I just wanted to know if there was anything waiting for me.

Life is full of questions. Some questions are important, like “Who will I marry?” Some questions are trivial, like “Who will win American idol?” But all questions have one thing in common, they are not neutral. Questions lead our hearts to different conclusions, which is why a large part of wisdom is learning to ask the right questions of yourself.

I’ve been deeply convicted that instead of asking the question, “What’s waiting for me?” in my digital devices, a far better question for me to ask is “How can I be more present where I’m at right now?” Rather than looking for ways to be distracted by the chirps, buzzes, and sirens of modern technology I should be seeking to ways to be more aware, more thoughtful and more engaged right here and right now.

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June 11 2012 04:00 am | Devotional and Digital Pastor

2 Responses to “How Can I be More Present?”

  1. Heidi Bylsma on 11 Jun 2012 at 5:42 am #

    Yay! So glad that you decided to share your wisdom with us! Very insightful, too. Even though i am just a “lowly housewife and mom,” I tend to do the same and definitely need the reminder to be present in this moment. The kids will be gone soon and I won’t ever get these moments back again!

  2. Bernie Andringa on 11 Jun 2012 at 9:01 pm #

    Agree totally, which is why I almost never carry my phone with me. I tell people who complain that I don’t answer my phone: “If you have an emergency, call 911, otherwise leave a message”.

    Heidi has it right, your kids deserve ALL of your attention when you are with them.