I love being with my friend David. His unique smile, his excitement at seeing me, and his intentionality astound me. Each time we are together he asks about my husband and my children by name, and then one by one he asks about each of the friends we have in common and catches me up if he has heard from them or had the opportunity to visit with them recently.
Whenever we get together David and I retell the story about the time that his friend Norm convinced him to throw a pie in my face at camp even though David was not sure he should do that. We remember his time on summer camp staff with his friend Julie and how nice she was. We reminisce about his time on summer camp staff with my son, and he reminds me to tell my son to work hard. We recall when he had the opportunity to be a horse wrangler, and then he names every horse that he cared for that summer and describes them to me.
David knows how to linger in the moment and to remain grateful for the good experiences that God has brought into his life. He is not in a hurry to get to the next event or the next person. When we are together, he cherishes being with me and I feel cared for. David lives with an attitude of awe and gratitude.
Unlike David, my default speed tends to be quick and productive. I generally have an agenda and a “to-do” list. However when I consider Scripture and how Jesus spent His time, I long to be more like David – to slow down, to savor each moment and each friend, to tell and retell stories of God’s goodness in my life.
What are you grateful for? How has God blessed you? I encourage you to linger for a moment considering God’s goodness, and then take a minute to share your thoughts with a friend or in the comments below.
“Remember the wonders He has done, His miracles, and the judgments He pronounced.” I Chronicles 16:12 (NIV)
“I remember the days of long ago; I mediate on all your works and consider what Your hands have done.” Psalm 143:5 (NIV)
Pam Harmon is the Vice President of Young Life’s Capernaum Ministry. Click to read Pam’s full bio.