We thank God for all of you. We never forget you when we pray to God. Your work is produced by your faith. Your service is the result of your love. 1 Thessalonians 1:2,3
These past few days, I’ve been thinking about the words Be Here Now, a popular saying in the ‘60s. These words were used as a book title, a way of being, an Eastern mantra. Be Here Now became a popular slogan and general sign of peace. As the saying grew in popularity, it became a cliche and I questioned its multiple meanings.
Still, as this weekend’s Mission Fest approached, I found myself reflecting on being present in the here and now, on being mindful in the moment, and what this means in relation to living as missionaries and stewards of our ‘time and talents.’
During this past week, I received some calls/emails from a few folks who wanted to display and share their passions at our Mission Fest. These requests came a few weeks after the mailing of 50 participant invites. As our list of displayers grew, I found myself in awe of the many ways we each live out our calling to be Disciples in Christ and Messengers of Hope.
In the midst of our busy lives, with all the joys and challenges each day brings, we can and do find many ways in the present; to offer a hand up, to listen to a new acquaintance, to teach a lesson or share our faith, and sometimes challenge our own selves. By being mindful of our surroundings and present opportunities in the here and now, together we plant and help grow the seeds for a promising future.
‘Many Hands, One Spirit’...now here’s a cliché which offers hope in the present… and promise for tomorrow. I hope you have the opportunity to visit our Mission Fest this weekend. If not, can you hear God’s whisper calling you? Come and live out your passion. You are a missionary, here and now, just as you are.