Bedtime Lessons From Kids

December 6, 2013

Why is it that kids never want to go to bed? It doesn’t matter that it’s their normal time, or that they are incredibly tired. On many occasions bedtime and getting kids settled down is a difficult time.

Before I reveal my answer, I will say that this doesn’t always go away once we leave childhood. I often stay up later than I should because I simply don’t want to go to bed, even though the stresses of the job and other parts of life have me completely worn out.

So what’s the big deal? Why is it so difficult for kids and some adults to get their already tired bodies to bed? It is simply that they are are fully engaged in the present moment. Think about it. Kids are so engrossed in a fun project, game, or tv show. They are enjoying the moment to the fullest and putting their entire heart and soul into it. Going to bed takes them away from that. It’s the same for me. I often delay going to bed, no matter how tired I am, because I am completely focused on something that I have probably found the scarce time to do. It could be anything from watching or playing a game, working towards my goal, reading, listening to music or a serrmon, or whatever. No matter what it is, I am completely focused and engaged on the present moment, enjoying it to the max.

It has been recommended to me, and I pass this to you, to take this bedtime philosophy and use it throughout your day. Focus and enjoy the present moment completely. Act like it’s minutes before bedtime, and you will delay moving on as long as possible until you have completely lived that moment.

I find that this type of present moment living creates more joy in life, and takes away guilt about the past and fear for the future. You are also more productive because you are completely focused and all of your heart and soul is on the task at hand. There is no room for procrastination, worry about failure, or making excuses.

My bedtime is not for another 12 hours, but I’m moving on to my next project that I will be fully fcoused on as if I had to go to bed in 12 minutes. I recommend living your life in the present moment as much as you can. You will be blessed beyond expectation. Enjoy : )


What Are You Worried About? – 3 Ways To Turn Worry Into Faith

January 16, 2012

Many of us do it. It’s a fact and a reality that many of us worry. Even those of us who look on the bright side of things and whose lives are under control still sometimes spend time worrying. Is it wrong to worry? I don’t know if I would say wrong, but I do know that it does us no good at all. Matthew 6:34 says…”Do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of it’s own.” If you go back to verse 27 it says…”who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”

I have found that it does not pay to worry. Instead, there are numerous verses throughout the Bible that describe how faith (the opposite of worry) can add so much to our lives and to those around us. As I continue to study ways to bring life to a higher level, I have found several ways to turn worry into faith. Here are the top 3:

  1. Seek God first – In my opinion, this is the key to all success in life. In the same Bible chapter, verse 31 says…”So do not worry saying ‘What shall we eat or what shall we drink?’ …For your Heavenly Father knows that you need these things. But seek first the kingdom of God, and all these things will be given to you as well” When we focus on God and His power that is in and around us, we focus on the positive things instead of the negative obstacles in front of us. Instead of worrying about the negative things that may happen to us, we focus on the accomplishment of the goals we have in our lives. Also, when we are consciously aware of the presence and power of God, we have an enormous peace, and we will be led to the right people and the right areas to take action. More about that coming up shortly.
  2. Focus on the present – If we are placing our full attention on the present moment, it is impossible to worry. This is because we are not thinking about things that can possibly go wrong in the future, even if that future is only a few minutes away. The present moment is what we have to work with, and is the only time frame that is fully in our control. If we make the most out of every present moment, it secures our future, giving us even less of a reason to worry. It is the people who best take advantage of present moments that receive the greatest future rewards.
  3. Take action now – This step goes had in hand with the first two. As mentioned, when we seek God first, He leads us to the people who can help us and places and situations where we need to act. However, it is up to us to follow through and take that action. As mentioned in step two, it is when we focus and act fully on the present moment, and do the best we can at that time when great blessings take place. The even better thought is this…when we follow the first two steps, taking action is so much easier. This is because we are taking God-inspired action, we know His power is with us, and we have the peace of knowing it is His will because it is for His kingdom and glory. This is when miraces happen.

In my opinion, these are three very simple steps to take, especially knowing what the rewards are. This philosophy is great too because it doesn’t take weeks or months to implement. It can be done in minutes, and as we continue to focus on God first, keep our eyes on the present, and do our best in everything at that time, it will be a habitual way of life. The result is great faith and blessing instead of worry, doubt, and procrastination. It can be effective for anyone. Let it be you today. Have a blessed day : )