I came across an interesting book today...in my web travels. I've been all over the place this morning and have happened upon dozens of interesting web sites, books, snippets, ideas and thoughts. What differentiates what actually makes it to the front page of this blog and what ends up on a list of Blog Post Ideas...I'm not sure. Something just piques my interest enough to digress from whatever the series du jour is (which is probably a digression from a digression from a digression from a by-gone "current series") This book..."Yeah Dave's Guide to Livin" in the Moment...contained a quote in the introduction that piqued my interest enough to postpone my nap long enough to write a short post about it. The quote follows....
Imagine a man meditating on a secluded mountaintop. Imagine another man with juggling manboobs dancing at a rock concert. Now imagine something in between, and you have me and my approach to life.
Wow..that conjures up quite the mental image....
I tell you this not because I want you to envision me chesty and hairy while showing up to meet you for lunch. rather, I want you to think about fun and faith in the same sentence. Because there is a place where the party and the prayer can coexist peacefully. There is a place where the chocolate tastes sweeter, the music sounds better, the inspiration feels richer and the visions look clearer. That place is The Moment.
Hmmmm....The Moment. Another way of saying "Living in the Now?" Another way of describing mindfulness?
It occurs to me that Jesus had it down pat when it came to combining faith and fun....and it got him into trouble with the religious police of the day.
'Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax
collectors and "sinners." (Luke 7:33-34)
He was known as a wine bibber and a glutton...aka a party boy...spending way too much time with "those people." You know...the tax collectors...the whores....the unclean... ewwwwwwwww.....sinners. Perhaps, in part, Jesus came to teach us how to live a life where the party and prayer co-exist peacefully....how to enjoy the moment....and enjoy the people sharing the moment with us. A valuable lesson to learn.