Can you believe 2017 is already half-way over? Last week, I found the book that my mother-in-law gave me at Christmas time and I re-read the quote she scribbled on the inside cover…
“Wherever you are, be all there.” -Jim Elliot.
It made such a simple, profound impact that when it came to writing my new year’s resolutions, I really just set one: to be all there.
I’ve given this goal a good go. However, New Year’s resolutions tend to get a little dusty by the time July rolls around (or maybe that just me).
Therefore, I decided to do a re-post as a reminder to stay the course. And since you all are my friends, I thought I would share with you too. 😉 Here we go…
Wherever You Are, Be All There
People are what matter most. Not everyone in the world at every moment, but the ones you are with right now.
When you are home with the kids. Be there.
When your husband talks about his day. Be there.
When the baby gets you up at night. Be there.
When your friend needs a hand. Be there.
When you have quiet time with God. Be there.
When your sister is in tears. Be there.
When your daughter is scared. Be there.
When you go to worship. Be there.
When your son wants to wrestle. Be there.
When your husband offers a hug. Be there.
When someone needs encouragement. Be there.
When your visit your parents. Be there.
When you have people over. Be there.
When your kids are fussy. Be there.
And when there’s conflict. Be there.
When you’re tired. Be there.
When it’s hard. Be there.
When it hurts. Be there.
When you feel like giving up. Be there.
When you have nothing left to give. Just be there.
You are valued and priceless to the people around you and no one can replace the love and presence that you bring.
You may not always get the appreciation you deserve, or the accolades you crave, but giving is where you will always feel the most fulfilled, and being present is where it’s at.
It won’t be quality time on our cell phones, or reading the latest Facebook posts. Fulfillment and purpose will come from being present with the people around us. So wherever you are, make a point to be all there.
In what way have you been present with the people around you today?
First posted on inspirethemom on January 1, 2017.