There probably hasn't been one day in the last 40 something 100 degree plus days that I haven't mentioned that I can't wait for fall. I'm so ready for the cool in the air and the smells and the leaves and the colors.
Especially the cool in the air.
It seems I am always looking ahead to something.
Several weeks back I was reading about Elizabeth Elliott. Ms. Elliott was one of the first christian authors I ever remember reading. As I was reading, I came across something she said that has honestly stayed with me and I remember on a daily basis:
"Wherever you are, be all there."
I constantly think ahead. To the next project, chore, or meeting. When my body is one place, my mind is usually already on to the next.
Sometimes when I'm really busy Hannah will come in for a hug. I stop what I'm doing and give her a hug. Then I do the "pat on the back because I'm busy" so I can get back to work thing. To which she promptly replies, "Don't pat, Mom". It's not a real hug unless I'm all there. And she knows it.
Who am I fooling?
She knows it, others know it.
God knows it.
If I could only hug without pats, listen without glances, study without distractions, pray without interruptions.
Matt 22:37 says that we are to love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our strength and with all our mind.
To BE ALL THERE.
I kind of think that if I do it right with Him, I'll do it right with them. I want to do it right.
I don't want to thrive on the busy. I want to take advantage of every minute.
So bad, I want to be all there.