It seems that we are all drawn to prepare for something no matter where we are in the many stages of life. A three year old is taught to pick up his/her toys, colors, shapes, how to get along with other children, so that they are ready for kindergarten.
As a teenager we are taught to think for ourselves. Maybe we may pick up some skills as cooking, doing laundry . . . Our teachers prepare us for the time when we become young adults and head to college. As young adults many date to find their soul mate and hopefully one day to settle down. Then when married, couples prepare for when children come into the picture.
And for the Christian we take this to heart. We are either preparing for Christ's coming or for the next life and so we practice to love fiercely, to walk in Christ's footsteps.
But one thing we should all remember - let's not be so engrossed in preparing that we miss living the moments we have so badly prepared for. For a long time I have been contemplating, and trying to live the present moment. It isn't until now that I have been living the present moment, yet I'm not all there.
Step by step I try to relish the small moments. A child holding my hand, a loved one's phone call, the sound of a favourite song, a stolen moment with a warm mug of coffee or tea, or the last warmth of the summer sun - enjoying all that makes life worth living. It makes my heart burst as gratitude plays a big role in my peace and joy. And oh yeah never forget to act upon an opportunity to smile and laugh for "the joy of the Lord is (your) strength."