Writing on the Five Minute Friday prompt, PRESENT…
The present IS a present, every moment of it.
A present from, a present to…
A present from God, with all the colored wrappings of sky blue and grass green and clay brown and sand gold, of outsides and insides of thoughts and enjoyments.
And a present to pass on, to give back.
Each of my moments is just what I have to offer back to Him. When I savor with gratitude the delight of the minute and lift my heart in thanks to Him for it, I give the moment, a thank offering. When I do the smallest service with no ambition for personal greatness, I give Him a pure gift of self and humility and Romans 12:1’s best and most reasonable offering.
I think of Brother Lawrence who learned to make his life a continual offering of “doing little things for the love of God…”
I think of Mother Teresa’s saying that instead of trying to do great things for God we should do small things with great love…
That is what makes them a gift. A great gift. And that is what brings them down to the moment by moment. If I just wipe a counter, I just wipe a counter. But if I wipe it with love for the Father, and for any who might enter the moment and see either mess and debris and disorder, or order and clean and shine, I honor the God of order and shining beauty and bless those who happen by, be they heavenly or human beings… and am much blessed in this myself.
I am learning from people like Brother Lawrence to offer each small act of service in my day, my hour, my minute, as a love gift to God, and in that I live a present, a living sacrifice…
5 thoughts on “The Living Present”
FMF visitor — these were wonderful words. I like all your uses of “present,” not just being in the moment, and receiving a gift, but also giving the gift of the moment in return. Thank you.
Thanks, Natalie, for your visit and comment. I’m so glad we ended up side-by-side at FMF and I got to meet you. Blessings to you in the “presents” of today!
Thanks, Denise, for your visit and comment.
Yes, the size never matters, but the heart filled with love that makes a present truly a gift.
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