I write a lot about how I don’t have as much time as I would like.
I’d like to play more video games.
I’d like to read more comics.
I’d like to watch more TV.
When I think about it, though, I really do have a lot more free time than I think I do. Instead of binge watching Making a Murderer or leveling up on Destiny, I spend my free time watching sports.
I’ve been a fan of the Golden State Warriors for years, long before they were winning championships and Steph Curry turned into the most exciting player in the NBA. My cousin has played a big part in my fandom. All of the Warriors games are streamed through the NBC Sports Live Extra App, but it requires the cable login of someone who lives in the Bay Area. Lucky for me, my cousin lives in San Jose.
So about three nights a week, instead of playing video games or watching Netflix, I watch the Warriors. I’m able to write and do some other work while watching, but sports do take up a lot of my time.
I’m happy to watch the games via the NBC app, but there is a little bit of a delay. I have to remind myself not to check Twitter while watching the game. Sometimes I’ve felt like a prophet because I know that Steph Curry is going to drain a three because Twitter is ahead of the stream. Even though I know that there’s something I can use to look ahead, I have to discipline myself to stay in the moment.
Even if you don’t spend your nights watching sports via an app with your cousin’s cable account information, we all need to stay in the moment. It’s easy to want to look ahead to what’s next or even get lost in the nostalgia of the past, but the present is all that God has promised us.
Moses gives us a great example of what it means to be present in Exodus 3. When he sees the burning bush Moses says to himself, “I will go over and see this strange sight.” He’s not thinking about getting his flocks home and he’s definitely not sulking about his past. Instead Moses is simply present in that moment, willing to engage with God there in that place.
Moses embraced that moment with the burning bush and went on to change the course of history. I don’t think that we’ll part the Red Sea if we stay in the moment in front of us, but God will definitely show up. God is going to do amazing things in our futures, but we won’t miss out on them if we stay present in the moment.
What helps you stay in the moment?