Make Each Moment Count

I cannot believe another year is coming to a close! In a few days we will celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and then in a week we will start 2016!

As I reflect on the past year, one thing stands out to me.

Being present.
Here. Now.


I am trying to learn this skill. It takes some of us more practice than others.

As a society we are all so caught up in our schedules, phones and devices that we tend to only be “half-present” when we are in the actual company of other human beings – thinking about what we have to do next, or what is happening on social media. Studies even show that having a phone, even when it is off, sitting on the table when you are dining with others or having a meeting makes the other person(s) feel as if you are not fully present with them.

I have a friend in stage 4 breast cancer. 3 1/2 years ago they gave her 6 months, and she is still with us even though the cancer has spread to her bones and now into her liver. She continues to defy everything the medical community has said to her. She still jogs, swims, leads a Bible Study group,  does her hobbies, and remains positive. She continues to try new treatments to hold the cancer back as long as possible. She is an enigma to her doctors.

I have visited with her a couple times this year. And here is what I have learned from her about being present and making each moment “count.” I believe this is why she is still thriving despite the cancer cells present throughout her body. She wakes up every morning appreciating the fact that she has been given another day to make a difference in someone’s life. Somehow, without being morbid, she impresses on each person she comes in contact with that we are not promised tomorrow. None of us are. We are in fact here on this earth for a purpose, and only God knows the number of our days, hours, seconds. Our job is simply to live in the moment we are given. To share our faith, joy and love with everyone we meet. To be grateful for each and every second given us. She uplifts every person she meets by being 100% “present” in that moment – her focus is entirely on that person and their interaction.

Apparently many people with terminal illnesses say that they have actually enjoyed life much more than they did prior to being diagnosed. This is a story I’ve heard many times, both from people who have been diagnosed early and are beating cancer, and from people like my dear friend who one day had a pain in her shoulder, and the next learned that she was already in stage 4. She tells me often that cancer is not the enemy, Satan himself is the enemy. She challenges me to remember this as difficulties come up in my life. He wants us to be distracted by ill health, gossip, disappointment – but these things are not our enemy, for we do not fight against flesh and blood.

So, it is up to each of us to gain a new perspective on life. Will we be those who are constantly feeling defeated by life and its trials? Will we be those so caught up in what’s happening next or the notifications on our devices?

Or will we be those, like my friend who continues to defy all human logic knowing God can heal her completely if He chooses to do so, and live a life of gratitude and triumph in every moment we have? Will we be those who fully engage with the people in our presence?

So, as you enjoy Christmas, the last week of 2015, and bounce your way into the New Year – remember to be present. Savor each moment with your loved ones. Make sure each of them feels that you are 100% “there” with them. This means more than all the presents, goodies and smiley photo posts you can make. For we truly do not know what day will be our last. All we have is now.

Rejoice and be glad IN THIS MOMENT and treasure it! Celebrate this life God has given you, and Jesus who died to give you eternal life as well. Share life, joy and love with all you meet!

Here’s to 2016!


56 thoughts on “Make Each Moment Count

  1. Good day very nice website!! Guy .. Excellent .. Amazing .. I’ll bookmark your site and take the feeds additionally…I am glad to seek out so many helpful info right here in the submit, we want develop more strategies on this regard, thank you for sharing.

  2. I simply want to tell you that I am new to blogging and site-building and definitely savored your web page. Almost certainly I’m likely to bookmark your blog . You absolutely have wonderful posts. Thank you for sharing with us your web site.

  3. An fascinating discussion might be priced at comment. I believe that you simply write more about this topic, it will not be described as a taboo subject but usually everyone is insufficient to chat on such topics. To a higher. Cheers

  4. Without inquiring to delete it, exists a means i can erase my own blog talk about somebody else’s blog site? Please aid(:.

  5. When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I
    get several e-mails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove me from that service?


  6. This article is very appealing to thinking people like me. It’s not only thought-provoking, it draws you in from the beginning. This is well-written content. The views here are also appealing to me. Thank you.

  7. This is a really good tip especially to those fresh to
    the blogosphere. Brief but very precise information… Thank you for sharing this one.
    A must read post!

  8. I’m truly enjoying the design and layout of your website.
    It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more enjoyable for me to come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a
    developer to create your theme? Great work!

  9. After looking into a few of the blog posts on your web site, I truly appreciate your technique of blogging.
    I bookmarked it to my bookmark site list and will be checking back soon. Take a look at my website too and tell me how you feel.

  10. Its like you learn my mind! You seem to understand a lot approximately this, like you wrote the e-book
    in it or something. I believe that you can do with a few % to force the
    message house a bit, however instead of that, that is great blog.
    A great read. I will certainly be back.

  11. I have been browsing online more than 3 hours
    today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours.
    It’s pretty worth enough for me. In my view,
    if all web owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the internet will be much more useful than ever

  12. I lately began a blog site, as well as I was just asking yourself just how individuals have advertised their blog sites online to get more fans so you aren’t simply typing to absolutely nothing out in the net?. Oh, and also for my blog site, I don’t truly want my good friends to be my fans, unless they locate it on their own. My blog site is about something that a lot of my pal’s can not really aid me with. (Photography is the major topic).

  13. There a few intriguing points in time in this post but I don’t know if I see these people center to heart. You can find some validity but Let me take hold opinion until I investigate it further. Great write-up , thanks and now we want far more! Put into FeedBurner likewise

  14. I need to make a little extra money and I am an extremely opinionated person so I seem like writing blogs would be a good beginning to making some additional cash money. I am a full-time college student and I additionally have a $20 hour a week work yet I am still having troubles making ends satisfy. Many thanks for any kind of help!.

  15. Good post. I learn something totally new and challenging on sites I stumbleupon every day.
    It’s always interesting to read through articles from other writers and practice something
    from their sites.

  16. Greetings! I know this is kinda off topic however
    I’d figured I’d ask. Would you be interested in trading links or maybe guest writing a blog post or vice-versa?
    My blog goes over a lot of the same topics as yours and I
    feel we could greatly benefit from each other. If you might be interested feel
    free to shoot me an email. I look forward to hearing from you!
    Awesome blog by the way!

  17. There are certainly plenty of particulars like that to take into consideration. That could be a nice level to deliver up. I offer the thoughts above as basic inspiration however clearly there are questions just like the one you bring up the place the most important thing shall be working in sincere good faith. I don?t know if finest practices have emerged around issues like that, however I am positive that your job is clearly recognized as a good game. Both girls and boys really feel the affect of just a second’s pleasure, for the remainder of their lives.

  18. I am intending to transfer to Australia completely. Ideally, my immigration procedure will be completed this year as well as I will certainly relocate the start of 2011. Can somebody suggest some superb resources as well as blogs about making the plans for settling in Australia?.

  19. I just like the helpful information you supply to your articles.
    I will bookmark your blog and check once more right here
    regularly. I’m somewhat certain I’ll be informed many new stuff proper here!
    Good luck for the next!

  20. Do you have a spam issue on this website; I also am a blogger, and I was curious about your situation; many of us have created some nice methods
    and we are looking to exchange solutions with
    other folks, be sure to shoot me an email if interested.

  21. Hi there, this weekend is fastidious for me, since this point in time i am reading this wonderful educational paragraph
    here at my house.

  22. Hey there, I think your website might be having browser compatibility
    issues. When I look at your blog in Chrome, it
    looks fine but when opening in Internet
    Explorer, it has some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up!

    Other then that, superb blog!

  23. Hey There. I found your blog using msn. This is
    a very well written article. I’ll be sure to bookmark
    it and return to read more of your useful info. Thanks for
    the post. I’ll certainly comeback.

  24. I’m finding them for my sister. I’m searching for the most dishes with images and also the ages of baby for the recipes. Blogs are usually where I would expect to discover them.

  25. I discovered your blog site internet site on the internet and appearance some of your early posts. Continue to keep in the great operate. I just now additional increase your Rss to my MSN News Reader. Seeking toward reading far more from you finding out at a later date!…

  26. My husband and i got quite happy Edward managed to round up his investigation through the precious recommendations he had when using the weblog. It is now and again perplexing to just be offering secrets and techniques that many most people might have been trying to sell. And we remember we have got the blog owner to give thanks to because of that. The entire illustrations you have made, the easy site menu, the relationships you make it possible to foster – it is most terrific, and it is helping our son and us consider that this concept is awesome, which is tremendously serious. Thanks for everything!

  27. Great post. I was checking continuously this blog and I’m impressed!
    Very useful info specifically the last part 🙂 I care for such information a lot.
    I was looking for this certain information for a long
    time. Thank you and best of luck.

  28. I additionally believe that mesothelioma is a extraordinary form of cancers that is normally found in people previously subjected to asbestos. Cancerous cellular material form inside the mesothelium, which is a protecting lining which covers almost all of the body’s organs. These cells ordinarily form inside lining on the lungs, stomach, or the sac that encircles the heart. Thanks for discussing your ideas.

  29. I have noticed that car insurance organizations know the cars which are at risk of accidents and various risks. Additionally, these people know what type of cars are susceptible to higher risk as well as the higher risk they have got the higher the premium price. Understanding the basic basics with car insurance will assist you to choose the right style of insurance policy that may take care of your needs in case you happen to be involved in any accident. Appreciate your sharing your ideas with your blog.

  30. I’m seeking some really good business blogs to add to my google viewers that are worthwhile adhering to on a continuous basis. Can you make and suggestions? I have Seth Godin’s currently. Thanks!. It would certainly also be useful if you told me why you suched as these blog sites.

  31. Is it true that blogs are just forum discussions with rss that would enable the user to watch what they wanted to watch more convieniently? Is that all the differences?.

  32. I just want to tell you that I’m very new to blogging and site-building and really savored this website. Most likely I’m planning to bookmark your site . You absolutely come with superb articles. Appreciate it for sharing your website page.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *