On a recent family holiday, we enjoyed walking along the amazing Tree Top Way at Salcey Forest (near Northampton). This walkway takes you up to 20m above ground level so that you can have a bird’s-eye view of the forest.
We really enjoyed our walk on the Tree Top Way, the views were great and our kids ran ahead and enjoyed themselves. It really was a great experience.
As we walked back down I noticed a child holding a tablet and as we went past him I could see that he was watching a video on it. This young boy was having a great time watching his film but he was missing out on an amazing experience all around him.
As I walked on, I wondered if this was a picture of how many of us travel through life?
In life, there is often lots going on around us but our focus can sometimes be elsewhere. Sometimes this may be to do with an over reliance on mobile devices but it can also be to do with worrying or fixating on a particular problem or perhaps daydreaming or wishing we were elsewhere.
The problem is that while we are wrapped up in our own little world, we are missing out on the world around us.
If we focused on living our everyday lives more, would we find more to celebrate and enjoy in the ordinary?
If we focused on living our everyday lives more, would we become more aware of how many people are in need around us and perhaps be able to offer better help and support?
If we focused on living our everyday lives more, would our relationships with family and friends deepen and become more meaningful?
If we focused on living our everyday lives more, would we talk with God more about what we are experiencing and calling on him to continue to be at work in those situations?
If we focused on living our everyday lives more, would …? – What do you think? What else would be different?