Dear Friends,

I hope you had a great Labor Day weekend.  I just want to share one simple thought with you on this first work day after our last summer holiday:  “Wherever you are, be all there”.

Jim Elliot said that.  Perhaps you know the Jim Elliot story.  If you’ve ever taken a tour of the Mission Aviation Fellowship headquarters (I recommend it) you have been told his story.  It is part of their story.  Jim was a missionary who flew to remote locations to bring the Good News of Jesus to people who had never heard of Jesus.  This is what he was doing with the Auca Indians in a remote area of Ecuador when he and four other missionaries were martyred.  He was 28 years old.

Google his name and you will find pages of Jim Elliot quotes.  Including the one I opened with.  “Wherever you are, be all there.”

Yasiel Puig was removed from a baseball game last week because “he wasn’t all there”.  In the opinion of his manager, this phenomenal young talent wasn’t mentally engaged in the ball game sufficiently for him to continue playing.

No one is going to remove us from our “ball game”, but how many of us have moments when we “aren’t all there”?  Maybe whole days?  Are you fully present to those with whom you are engaged in conversation?  Are you giving all you have to the project you are working on? When you are relaxing (as I hope you got to do over the weekend!) are you truly relaxing?  (Not worrying about all the work that will be waiting for you on Tuesday!)

It seems to me one of the tragedies of life is that too often we aren’t fully engaged with the moment in which we are living. We are thinking about something that has already happened that we can’t do a thing about.  Or we are thinking about something that may or may not happen in the future.  We live in the past or in the future, but not in the present.

It’s remarkable that a 28-year-old had such wisdom.  I’m planning to take it to heart today.  How about you?  Wherever we are, let’s be all there.

In Christ,