Sunday, January 6, 2013

Savoring Each Moment

"We do not lose heart. 
Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.
 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary,
 but the things which are not seen are eternal." 
2 Cor 4:16-18

To experience happiness we must train ourselves to live in this moment, to savor it for what it is, not running ahead in anticipation of some future date nor lagging behind in the paralysis of the past. With wholeness and sensitivity we must live in the here and now. "But what if I don't like the here and now?" you ask. "What if my present moment is one of disappointment or impairment or heartache? How then do I savor that moment?" Good questions. And the answers reside in the first and most profound principle for the art of savoring life: Pleasure lies in the heart, not in the happenstance. Our circumstances may be dreadful and riddled with reasons for discouragement or sorrow, but that doesn't mean those moments are utterly devoid of happiness. Those special savored moments of fun, reflection, happiness, and pleasure give us a tiny taste of what eternity with Christ will one day be like.  -  Luci Swindoll in You Bring the Confetti

"Oh taste and see that the Lord is good; 
Blessed is the man who trust in Him!
Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints!
There is no want to those who fear Him. 
The young lions lack and suffer hunger;
But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing." 
Psalm 34:8-10

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