Friday, January 3, 2014

be present

This has been--and probably will continue to be--one of my favorite contemporary quotes for a while. (This was part of a sermon that Kyle Lake, a pastor from Texas, gave right before he was tragically electrocuted during a baptism. A horrific story, yes, but he left us quite a gem in this quote.) 

I have trouble living in the moment. I always have, and I probably always will. (In fact, at this very moment I have 6 different tabs open on my computer. Noted.)

BUT I LOVE THIS QUOTE, and it comes to mind often. I hope and pray to live by these words more often in 2014. 

“Live. And Live Well.


BREATHE. Breathe in and Breathe deeply.

Be PRESENT. Do
not be past. Do not be future. Be now.

On a crystal clear, breezy 70 degree day,
roll down the windows and

FEEL the wind against your skin. Feel the warmth of
the sun.

If you run, then allow those first few breaths on a cool Autumn day to

FREEZE your lungs and do not just be alarmed, be ALIVE.

Get knee-deep in a novel
and LOSE track of time.

If you bike, pedal HARDER and if you crash then crash
well.

Feel the SATISFACTION of a job well done-a paper well-written, a project
thoroughly completed, a play well-performed.

If you must wipe the snot from your
3-year old's nose, don't be disgusted if the Kleenex didn't catch it all

because soon he'll be wiping his own.

If you've recently experienced loss, then
GRIEVE. And Grieve well.

At the table with friends and family, LAUGH.

If you're
eating and laughing at the same time, then might as well laugh until you puke.

And if you eat, then SMELL.

The aromas are not impediments to your day. Steak on
the grill, coffee beans freshly ground, cookies in the oven.

And TASTE.

Taste every ounce of flavor.

Taste every ounce of friendship.

Taste every ounce of Life.

Because-it-is-most-definitely-a-Gift.”


― Kyle Lake