moment: changing our lives by small increments

moment_ changing our lives by small increments @poetryjoy.com

Our lives are lived in a series of small moments. Microseconds of breath and being. Although our major focus tends to be on the larger issues that preoccupy us, it’s life’s small moments that matter the most. They’re the ones we need to savour and build good memories from.

Each moment can be life defining because they have the potential to be soul altering. The decisions we make and the ways we act and react are a result of tiny, incremental drip-feeding over years that we are giving to our minds and hearts.

If we feed ourselves with positive, life enhancing thoughts, absorb and put into practice the teaching which the Bible gives us, then we are better placed to live more mindfully. Which will give us a deeper moment by moment awareness.

By living more in the moment, we can develop a better appreciation for all things. A greater gratitude. And closer relationships with God and others, as we practice being in His presence and being more present to them.

It only takes a moment

it only takes a moment to hurt a person’s heart
or crush a soul with a harsh, ill-judged remark

it only takes a moment to think, pause and pray
before we rush blindly, heedlessly into the day

it only takes a moment to cause another
pain, to wound them with our words and deeds
and give them reason to feel ashamed

it only takes a moment, tears, a mere breath
to repent, and seek a different route instead

it only takes a moment to inflict another
with the lashing from our tongues, and watch
as they shrink down low inside themselves

it only takes a moment to stop and weigh up
our words, and give our mouths a holy pause

it only takes a moment to show those whom
we love how very precious and valued they are

it only takes a moment to care, esteem another
higher than ourselves, and want to serve them well

it only takes a moment to live an open, grace filled
life—providing we’re aware and willing to oblige
© joylenton

moment - it only takes a moment poem excerpt (C)joylenton @poetryjoy.com

I’m grateful that a few moments spent praying for the gift of words have given me a poem to share with you today. It’s inspired by this week’s five-minute-friday prompt of ‘moment’. Just click here to join us there. I’m even more thankful it only takes a moment for God to begin to fix what is broken in us. He doesn’t delay in pouring out His grace and love! 🙂

12 thoughts on “moment: changing our lives by small increments

  1. Dear Joy,
    I am so glad that God gave you words to share today! Truly a moment is all it takes, and Jesus is right here to help us. Even when it feels like it’s impossible to do any single thing differently, HIS grace drops in and opens a different way, when we look up to Him. I pray that I will be more quick to hear Him calling in that moment, that I would just look up, and see the love that He has, the help to give another that is possible for me to share through HIM. Much blessings, love, and hugs to you my friend! xoxo

    • Dear Bettie, I’m awed and amazed at the way God has sustained me this month as I’ve shared daily on Facebook and Instagram. It’s also a lovely gift to have received something new to share here each week as well! In the looking and asking we are always blessed with strength and ability enough for the things we need to do. May we be swift to request and listen to the ways in which God seeks to get our attention. His unfailing love and compassion are astounding. May you be given more than sufficient grace to cope with your current health challenges. You already help me and many others so much from your position of pain and weakness. But I long for you to suffer less. Abundant blessings, love and hugs to you, sweet friend! xoxo 💜

  2. It’s true- it only takes a moment but our words or actions can have a lasting impact on others for good or for bad. It’s important to be aware of that and to be intentional in feeding our minds and hearts with truth and love so that we can respond well in the moment. Your poem is beautiful!

    • You’re right, Lesley. Being intentional and aware will help us to influence others in good ways, instead of impacting them for bad. What we take in is what we tend to give out. May we learn to nourish our souls well with God’s grace, truth and love! I’m glad you like the poem. 😊🌼

    • Bless you, Michael! You are such an encouraging friend. May you find restful pockets of time this weekend in which to relax and unwind. By the way, I’ve been enjoying the deer images on Instagram. You live in such a beautiful place! 😊❤

  3. “By living more in the moment, we can develop a better appreciation for all things. A greater gratitude. And closer relationships with God and others, as we practice being in His presence and being more present to them.” Amen, Joy!
    I absolutely love your poem! It really is powerful. When you think about what can be done for good or evil in just a moment’s time, it is sobering. May God enable us to use our moments wisely.
    Blessings, love and hugs to you, dear sister! xoxo

    • Yes, it is a sobering thought, Gayl. Amen to asking God to “enable us to use our moments wisely” as we seek to live more mindfully! Thank you for your kind encouragement, dear friend. I really appreciate being kindred spirits with you. Love and hugs! xoxo 💜

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