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Living in the Moment

I was an actor before I was a writer

Once upon a time, in a part of my life long, long ago, I was a performing artist – an actor and singer. The heart of my training was from New York City’s Neighbourhood Playhouse, which boasts graduates such as Gregory Peck, Steve McQueen, Robert Duvall, Dianne Keaton, Mary Steenburgen,  and many, many other well known thespians. It was a joy to live and study in New York City. I spent a year in London thereafter, but I drew my technique primarily from what I learned in New York.

Living in the Moment

The heart of the training was learning how to listen and answer, honestly and earnestly, thus developing responses that were simple, truthful, powerful. Applying that technique to scripts came eventually, but the human development and relationship development in the meantime was profound for every student, because we all learned two key things:

  1. Basically, human beings learn to lie — to themselves and to others — in order to survive in society, to present a good front and 
  2. Honest living comes from listening and responding truthfully to what we see moment-by-moment.

This living moment-by-moment is what I want to address here…

Life free from Worry

Jesus said, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:34)

We can become so anxious with worry about the next day, the next month, the next year. Rather, Jesus advises us to focus on the day, rather than “laying up treasures” (Luke 12) on earth.

Control v Spontaneity

We are often drawn to the story of Jezebel and Elijah when asked to consider the spirit of control. Jezebel was controlling of her husband Ahab. Elijah was not compliant to her control, so she sought to destroy him.

Control seeks its own will. Control uses threat and intimidation to dominate in order to get its own way. As a spirit, control inhabits and controls individuals. For example, in 1 Kings, Jezebel is exposed as controlling and domineering. In 1 Kings 19 we see that she despised Elijah and successfully threatened him. He ran away from her in despair, although eventually his confidence was restored. Ultimately, Jezebel was betrayed by her own servants and was literally cast to the dogs.

Opposite to control is spontaneity: responding to situations as they arise, seeking to live freely and to allow freedom for others, experiencing peace and fearless living.

Jesus has said he offers life and to live life more abundantly (John 10:10).

Abundant life

When we have peace with GOD we are protected from fear.  Without fear, the need to control is side-stepped; there is no need to control when we have no fear. Without fear and the need to control, we have less need to plan and more opportunity to live “in the moment” — safe in the assurance that as GOD guides us, He leads us in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

Living in the moment is how children live, how Jesus lived on earth, and offers life and joy to us as we experience the safety, security and peace that intimacy with GOD offers. It’s also uncomplicated, honest and freeing. May our journey draw us from control to more spontaneous living. Amen.