The Gift of Presence

I knew I would unwrap it.  What I didn't know was how impactful it would be on my heart.

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"See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland."
-Isaiah 43:19

Let's be honest.  If you would have asked me one benefit of giving up social media for Lent, I would have said 'more time for the things that matter.'  After all, that extra time not spent on social media would be allocated elsewhere, and why not on that which matters over something else useless once again?

So stating that I'm more present is not profound.  What is profound is the depth of joy it is bringing that I didn't even realize was missing until I experienced it.

The ability to focus on what is before me and not multitask has changed the way I see multitasking.  Instead of glancing over social media while watching my kids play, or listening to a sermon, or (cover your ears) driving to my destination, I'm fully there in the moment and able to take it in and give myself to it.

When my kids are playing, I can laugh with them and see their development.  When I listen to worship music, I actually begin to worship instead of humming along.  When I sit in silence, I listen to God.  When I'm talking to a friend, I'm not focusing on the solution but sitting in their dilemma with them.

Instead of life being an interruption to the escape of social media, life is now front and center, and I have the best seat in the house.

I've found this has really impacted 3 areas for me:

  1. My presence with God
  2. My presence with my wife and kids
  3. My presence in serving others with a people-centric, loving heart

Already I'm thinking of how I can keep this going.  How do I focus on what matters to God and not the world?  Do I completely get off social media?  Do I just post but not look at what anyone else is saying?  If I do that, why am I posting?  It would only be for edification for others.

So much to ponder, but now I have the time to meditate and ponder at His feet, taking my time.

Michael Tatonetti