A few years ago, a friend told me about the book My One Word by Mike Ashcroft and Rachel Olsen. The premise of the book is that you pick one word and focus on that one word for an entire year. The hope is that God will change you based on what you learned from the word you chose. My life group decided that we would do this, and I immediately knew what my word would be: SAVOR. I wanted to learn to savor every moment of my life, and not be too busy or focused on perfection that I missed the joy Jesus died to give me. The meaning of the word savor is “to taste and enjoy completely or to delight in.”
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts him.
I love the word savor. I imagine eating a large piece of carrot cake, with thick layers of gooey, sweet cream cheese frosting. Taking small bites and enjoying each morsel. I have never understood how someone could gulp down a dessert. As I have gotten older, I have learned to savor something much more important than cake; I savor each moment and blessing God has given me. I’ve made some major changes in life to be able to delight in every moment really.
Delight yourself in the Lord and He shall give you the desires of your heart.
I’ve had to slow down and stop rushing. I’ve had to give up good things to focus on much better things. I’ve really had to prioritize what is important in my life and to do a lot of praying. A year ago, I got a wonderful new job. I had a few concerns at first. For starters, I would have to be at my job earlier than I was used to because the drive was further than my previous job, but yet I wanted to have enough time for my morning quiet time with Jesus. I made the tough decision to get up at 5:00 am every morning (and not allow myself to hit snooze) in order to exercise, have quiet time, and eat a healthy breakfast. I have to be at work by 7:55 am, but I leave plenty early, so I don’t have to rush or worry about traffic. I feel such peace when I drive to work because I give myself plenty of margin on workdays. I am not in a hurry. I usually listen to Christian music or pray while I am driving. I arrive at work full of peace, and that makes my day go so much better. I am much kinder to my co-workers and my patients. I have found I must go to sleep earlier, and I’ve had to give up some of the activities I used to do in the evening.
Next to God, the most important people in my life are my family and friends. I make time daily for them. I am more concerned about the time I spend with my loved ones than everything being perfect. I am overjoyed right now because my daughters will be visiting for Thanksgiving. I am overjoyed. I am not going to worry about the silly stuff… I am going to treasure my time with them and thank God for this blessing. I am not going to focus on how quickly the time will go, or how much I will miss them when they are gone. I am going to be so grateful they got to come home. I know all of our lives would be so much fuller if we just paused and savored the important stuff!
9 Enjoy what you have rather than desiring what you don’t have. Just dreaming about nice things is meaningless—like chasing the wind.
What can you do to slow down and stop hurrying? What blessing are you missing because you are so distracted by busyness? What do you need to give up in your life to focus on what is really important to God and you?
Make a list of the priorities in your life. Study your calendar carefully. Make a list of what you need to cut out of your schedule. Schedule times of rest in your calendar. Give yourself some margin.
Jesus, I am so grateful for all the blessings you give me. Forgive me when I am too busy to notice or to be grateful for all you have done for me. Help me to focus on what is really important in my life: YOU. Help me to take delight in you, my precious Father. Thank you for coming to this world so I may live life to the full. Amen.
This post was written by Marsha Raymond. Marsha has been happily married to her husband, Jeff, for 30 years. They have two grown sassy and fearless daughters. She loves spending time with God, her family and friends, reading, riding bicycles, yoga and walking.
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