Be All There

I’ve been sitting on the lobby couch since 7:30 this evening.
I’ve been working on my TPA and cursing the state of California for making it so difficult to earn a teaching credential.
It’s been a great Friday night, friends.
In the midst of all of that loveliness, however, I witnessed various conversations and events throughout the evening on my floor.
And it made me stop and realize how much I appreciate the community I find myself in.
I witnessed girls rejoicing over new, Christ-centered relationships forming, along with the butterflies in their stomachs. Girls laughing as they skipped to the bathroom well past midnight with hair dye in one hand and snacks in the other. And girls returning from Friday night adventures, resulting in good food and even better conversations.
It’s things like this that make me cherish where I’m at.
I can feel the pull of age and reality tugging at me, and slowly drifting  me further away from the care free youth I once blissfully lived as.
And while there will be abundant blessings to experience in that future ever drawing nearer, I have some pretty great ones to be rejoicing in right now.
Blessings like late nights, hair dye, Taylor Swift albums, bags of chips, and new dreams that seem large enough to challenge us, but close enough to taste. Blessings that have not been tainted by future worries or doubts, but that are being enjoyed for what they are.
Right now.

Thank you, Jesus, for bringing me here. Keep me present. Keep me thankful.

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.”
Matthew 6:34