ED­I­TOR’S IN­TRO­DUC­TION lay­ing bricks

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One of the most mind-bog­gling ques­tions is “How does God re­late to time?”

The Bi­ble does its best to give us God’s per­spec­tive. “Don’t for­get that for the Lord one day is the same as a thou­sand years,” it ex­plains help­fully, “and a thou­sand years is the same as one day.” Our re­la­tion­ship

1 to time seems to be a lot sim­pler, but the truth is we still haven’t fig­ured it all out.

My daugh­ter re­cently turned five a few weeks af­ter my son’s first birth­day. Oh, the an­tic­i­pa­tion and thrill as she first counted the days to her brother’s big day, and then be­gan look­ing for­ward to her own! To be sure, at that age at least, birth­days are the most ex­cit­ing and won­der­ful days of the year; but al­though she doesn’t re­al­ize it, it’s her daily progress to­ward other less grandiose goals— her read­ing, for ex­am­ple—that will do much more to shape and change her life.

God didn’t de­sign our lives to ca­reen from ma­jor, con­se­quen­tial mo­ment to ma­jor, con­se­quen­tial mo­ment. In fact, most of us don’t go through lifechang­ing sit­u­a­tions too of­ten. The char­ac­ter and qual­ity of our life is forged in lit­tle mo­ments. Ev­ery day we lay an­other layer of bricks on the struc­ture of what our life will be.

Un­for­tu­nately, it’s all too nat­u­ral to fall into rou­tines and learned ways of do­ing things. And to pay no at­ten­tion to the lit­tle mo­ments be­cause they seem so “lit­tle.” But in re­al­ity, these are the mo­ments that make up our lives, that set up our fu­ture, that shape our re­la­tion­ships.

The con­cept of mind­ful­ness has be­come an in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar sub­ject, as more and more peo­ple re­al­ize that they want to live each mo­ment to the full and em­brace the con­cepts of pay­ing at­ten­tion, do­ing few things at a time but do­ing them well, and liv­ing in the mo­ment.

If we have a “day-by-day” ap­proach to ev­ery­thing in our lives, we will choose our bricks care­fully and place them strate­gi­cally, start­ing with set­ting aside time for our Fa­ther. “Look at the birds of the air,” Je­sus said. “Con­sider

2 the lilies of the field,” He in­sisted. “Do not worry about to­mor­row.” He

3 4 could have added, “Live in the mo­ment.” Sa­muel Keat­ing Ex­ec­u­tive Ed­i­tor

1. 2 Peter 3:8 CEV 2. Matthew 6:26

3. Matthew 6:28 4. Matthew 6:25

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