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Choose to Be Present

Parenting Points


We live in a world where no one seems to be present in the current moment. We are mentally present in the past while we regret yesterday’s mistakes. We are mentally present in the future when we worry about what the world beyond may hold. Through social media, we are present in the highlight reels of others while missing our own lives unfolding before our eyes. Oftentimes, we are anywhere but here.

Our presence with our kids and spouse is central to the growth of our relationships. Time is the one resource that we cannot replenish, and this summer, we have the opportunity to maximize the moments we are given as we remember these three biblical truths.

1. Tomorrow’s Worries Are in God’s Hands. Matthew 6:34 ESV says, “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” We should not worry about tomorrow because the concerns of tomorrow rest in the hands of One whose grip is much greater than ours. He will hold us, lead us, and guide us into whatever challenge tomorrow may bring.

2. Tomorrow’s Accomplishments Are According to God’s Plans. Proverbs 27:1 ESV reminds us, “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” The plans of tomorrow rest in the control of One who has much greater wisdom than we can possess. We should work and invest realizing the Holy Spirit is the One working in and through us.

3. Today Is a Gift We Don’t Want to Miss. Psalm 25:4-5 ESV says, “Make me know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.” We can be present today because the God who rescued us by His grace is the same God who is leading us into truth and teaching us today.

Will you choose to be present this summer? Will you be present for your kids? Will you be present for your spouse? Will you be present today for God to teach you and lead you deeper into His truth for your family today?

Ben Headshot 2019-Dr. Ben Birdsong
Missions Minister at Christ Church Birmingham
Writer and Speaker

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