How to Be Present

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No matter how blessed our lives are, the desire for more sometimes clouds our gratitude for what we already have. More money. More things. More power. The never-ending list of things we want—mixed with the thought that life could be much better than it currently is—often leads to dissatisfaction. Next thing you know, dissatisfaction changes its name to unhappiness. Mastering the art of being present is no easy task, but these seven tips will put you on the path to success.

Rest in Him

Fully depending on God—who physically isn’t here—can be a scary feeling. I’ve witnessed that firsthand. Sacrificing job & financial security for the unknown was, in my mind, a risky move. When you’re so used to being in control and playing things safe, letting go of that power can feel just as frightening as bungee jumping off a cliff. But let me ask you this: Are you aware of the fact that our lives are not our own (1 Cor 6:19, NIV)? The Creator of all things placed us on this earth for a purpose, and with a purpose. It’s up to us to obey Him and follow His will (Matthew 6:10, NIV). When you do just that, you’ll find that living this thing called life isn’t so hard.

Live for today

While we only get one life, a life well spent is long and fulfilling. Tomorrow’s got its own self to worry about (Matthew 6:34). It’s your job to focus on the present and seize the day (Luke 9:62, MSG).

Be content with what you have (and where you are) today

The journey towards fulfilling my purpose has been a humbling experience. When I decided to take the leap of faith, I thought the ride would be smooth. But this ride has come with many bumps, roadblocks, and detours. Not everything has worked out the way I expected, and some deadlines I set for my goals are way past due. The old me would be in an extreme state of panic by now, but the new me has no worries. When I tell you I haven’t lacked for anything since day 1 of this journey, I really mean that. I have truly learned to be content with whatever the circumstances (Phil 4:11, NIV), and God has honored that by taking care of my every need. Don’t think for a second that he can’t do the same for you.

Stop being a worry wart

85% of the stuff we worry about never happens. Makes sense, huh? Life may sometimes throw curve balls at us, but how you react determines the outcome. Don’t let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game. Be anxious for nothing (Phil 4:6).

Don’t plan as much

God’s plan for us was designed before we were born. He even tells us what they are in His word: To prosper us and not harm us, to give us hope and a future (Jer 29:11, NIV). If that’s the case, then why do we spend so much time planning our lives? While we may think we’ve got this thing all figured out, His plan is far greater than anything we could ask for or imagine. Just keep that in the back of your mind whenever you find yourself thinking about the future.

Stay humble

Humility will take you far…real talk. It equips you to see the beauty in both the high and low points of your life.  Most importantly, God exalts those who humble themselves (Matt 21:12, NIV).

Think of life as a marathon, NOT a sprint

SLOW. DOWN. If it’s God’s will, you will get to where you’re trying to go—trust me! Setting goals and deadlines for yourself are a great way to stay on the right track, but don’t beat yourself up if you don’t meet them. Your destiny WILL be fulfilled in this lifetime, but only according to His purpose, His plan, and His timing (Romans 8:28). Just focus on getting to the finish line.

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Johnaé Elease

Founder & Editor-in-Chief

Johnaé Elease is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Happy Joy. As someone whose personality is often described as bright & bubbly, her love for writing and sharing meaningful advice sparked the idea for this online community. Johnaé is also a humble servant of Christ who credits God, and her mother, as the primary reasons for her happiness.

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