Good morning from Westminster, MD!
As I wrote about last week, this past Saturday I officially became a married man. We had an incredible day and I could not be happier. Through all of the craziness of the day, I was reminded of something really important – you only get to live each moment once. As with all weddings, I would suspect, there was tons of setting up, coordinating, taking pictures and more. All of this was great and important, but in the end, the ceremony and the time celebrating with friends and family were the things that really mattered. It would be easy, however, to get this order mixed up and to not realize it until the day is over. In fact, I am sure there were moments when I did not get this right as I tend to be a bit Type A.
If I am honest, being in the moment is something I have struggled with many times over my life. With my tendency toward accomplishing goals, I can easily fly through life without reflecting on the significance of any particular moment in time. While this can be useful at times, it also causes to miss times in my life that are meant to be enjoyed. As I write this, I am reminded of the words of one of the writers of Psalms- “This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24, NLT) The writer of those words was referring to a very specific time and reason for rejoicing, but the principle holds true for other great moments as well. When we experience times of great joy, we should take a step back and enjoy the blessing we have been given. Instead of getting caught up in the logistics, we should get caught up in the significance of the moment, because many times that is all that we get, a moment.
Thankfully, I was able to live this way to some degree on Saturday. I enjoyed the significance of the moment instead of making everything else going on around me more significant. My hope is that I can learn from this experience and live more like it on a daily basis. How about you?
– James Belt