It’s been a while since I last wrote a Sermon Notes post on my blog. I like to write these every now and then to not only inspire/encourage you, but to inspire/encourage myself.
Last Thursday after I came back from doing an escape room with my small group, I parked at home and went to bed. On Saturday, when I tried to go to the gym, my car wouldn’t start. Apparently, I had left my overhead light on and it caused my battery to die. Luckily, my parents were still home and helped me jump it, so I couldn’t use my car as an excuse not to go to the gym.
While attending the soft launch of a new church campus on Saturday night, I ran into a friend. I hadn’t seen her in a month, but thought it was just due to our crazy schedules. She told me that she had become sick after consuming the wrong cornmeal. Unfortunately for her, when she went to the grocery store to the same spot they normally put her regular cornmeal, she hadn’t noticed they put another in its place.
So what do these two stories have to do with each other or with the title of this post? Well, I realized with my car situation and my friend’s health situation, that we both had something disrupt our daily lives. I didn’t pay attention to turning my car light off and my friend didn’t pay attention to which corn meal she picked up.
Sometimes, it’s in our daily routines or in the mundane activities of our lives that we tend not to pay much attention. What would happen if we were a little more cognizant of our routine tasks or of our surroundings? If we unplug from our phones during our commute? What if we decided to see those boring mundane tasks in a different way? Perhaps we could really see others. Or perhaps we could enjoy the weather or appreciate things around us. So I challenge us to look up from our devices, look out to those around us, and look around for the beauty in this world. Thanks for reading!
3 thoughts on “Sermon Notes: Look Up”
Mindfulness is a challenge for me most days but still I try to be mostly present 🙂 I heard of this neat trick, pick a sound you typically hear all the time-for me its a raven’s call- and then when you hear it, allow that sound to serve as a reminder to yourself to stop, look around and really notice life as it is. The idea is that over time, the moments of mindfulness will get longer and longer and you’ll find yourself doing it more often too.
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That is a very interesting trick. I would have to think about a sound I hear a lot or maybe choose a different sound for work/home.
Yesterday I felt myself not be as aware while driving and remembered this post. So I made myself just look around and be in the present. Thanks so much for your comment.
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