[five minute friday – present]

In today’s fast and busy life it is so easy to get caught up in what is going on right now and think we are living in the present. But what does living in the present actually mean? Emily P. Freeman, in her book “Simply Tuesday” says that “the road to the kingdom is lined with invisible benches where the great work of love, service, listening, community, prayer, change, and transformation will occur.” Living in the present means being available (a plug for one my 2016 oneword365) and stopping for at least a few minutes to listen to God as He shows us the benches where we can love, serve, listen, pray, change and stop focusing on the urgent versus the important.

Will the urgent still pry us away from the important? Sure, it will. But if the urgent is what consumes all of our time it may be time to find that bench and sit for awhile and look for Him in the present.




  1. Aliyah

    Hey! I am your neigbour today at FMF, was great to read your post! Its been a very tough week for our family here in South Africa but on my way home today I was suck in traffic and noticed a full bench of ladies at a bus stop. They were all dressed differently, all strangers and yet there were some just talking and chatting on the bench. I wish I had had time to take a photo, it was precious. Your post made me think of it. How we can all be srangers sometimes, but something connects us together even for a brief moment. Many blessings to you and thanks for the post! Aliyah (setapartwarrior.me)

  2. Visiting from FMF today. I haven’t read the book yet, but am going to add it to my must-read list. I love the bench analogy. Thanks for sharing today. Enjoy your weekend!

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