10 simple truths about being present

Be Present.

By Tami Heim

It’s Catalyst week in Atlanta and over 13,000 pastors, ministry leaders, and their staff have assembled to be challenged, stretched, encouraged, and inspired. The Catalyst team excels at creating a world-class experience. The theme for 2011 is “BE PRESENT” and I can’t think of a stickier state-of-being than this one.

Catalyst President and CEO @BradLomenick sums it up this way,

“BE PRESENT” is one of the most convicting and challenging topics we’ve ever tackled. In today’s consumer-driven culture, we all find ourselves distracted and overwhelmed by the myriad of diversions life throws at us on a daily basis. The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet. But how will we recognize that place if we are living in a constant state of distraction?”

Challenging topic?  No doubt. Particularly true for an arena loaded with highly connected, tech savvy, social media maniacs (BTW – that love Jesus, too.) If you happen to be on twitter, you can search for the hashtag #CAT11. That stream immediately connects you to the Catalyst conversation and experience. Those present in- real-life at the conference virtually enable you to be present, too. You can follow the flow as each session helps you embrace what God has right in front of you, right where you are.

I’ve attended this conference from its very beginning and the Holy Spirit always shows up with divine super-glue and the message He knows I need  to stick to my heart long after the conference experience fades. This year, I was particularly eager to hear Francis Chan speak.

God used Francis Chan to rock my world the first time I read Crazy Love. That book awakened a longing that lead my husband and me to the jungles of Jeremie, Haiti and into the hearts of 137 orphans. As a result, we’re learning how to live out this crazy love we have for each one of those kids while being present to the ache that comes when we can’t be with them.

Today I felt like the stick-to-you-forever-kind-of-message was waiting for me while I was waiting for Francis to take the stage.

In His extraordinary faithfulness to me, God used Francis to reveal 10 simple truths to my heart about satisfaction, abundance, and how both saturate you when you’re wholly surrendered and completely present to the love and glory of God. It’s all that matters.

  1. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5, NIV
  2. One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. Psalm 27:4, NIV
  3. Being in His presence means dwelling in Him.
  4. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. Acts 4:33,34
  5. When I am in God’s presence nothing else matters. I only want to talk about Him to others – I can’t help myself.
  6. Everything depends on my connection to God.
  7. If my message is NOT connected to Him – my message doesn’t matter.
  8. Jesus was heard in the garden because of His reverence.
  9. When God sees my heart break when His breaks – He will hear my prayers.
  10. Only He can make my joy complete.

Now here’s a little something extra from Francis for you. Be inspired. Start early. Get present.

What message had God stuck to your heart this week?

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  • Anonymous

    I’d love to hear Francis Chan speak but am so grateful that you shared the high points of his message here. It all resonates strongly with me, but especially the last 5 points.

    God bless!

  • Tami Heim

    @melindalancaster:disqus it was profound and challenging all at the same time. I love how God created his mind to process God’s mind. We always talk about the importance of being present, but Francis took it to another place when he described being fully present before God. It was a sacred moment for me. I love that it rippled over on you. Love to you my friend!

  • http://fromrooftops.blogspot.com Angie Battle

    Mmmm, mmmm, mmm. Wow, such rich truth. Being “wholly surrendered and completely present to the love and glory of God” is truly all that really matters. 

    I love that it’s His pure pleasure to show this to us! 

  • Anonymous

    Wow, Tami, what a blessing it must have been to be there and soak up all that Word.  This week the Lord has really ministered “significance” to me.  Five out of my six children have grown up & flown the coop and I recently lost my job.  I was floundering, for a while, on what significance I had.  This week, He reminded me that I was significant enough for Him to die for me!  He showed me love, grace, peace and mercy this week!
    Thanks so much for sharing these 10 truths with us!

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  • Tami Heim

    @ErinPatrick:disqus isn’t it amazing how He shows up right when we need Him most? Transitions can be hard or they can be the very times when we get close to Him and all He wants us to know. I am grateful those truths spoke to you. They are things we hear often, but it’s different when the Holy Spirit causes them to stick and settle. Writing always seals a revelation to my heart.
    Bless you and your nuggest of truth. Thanks for sharing and stopping by today. We love to see you here. 

  • Tami Heim

    Love you @angiebattle:disqus . I can hear your mmm, mmm, mmm just like I was sitting across the table from YOU. Know that I am right here celebrating His pure pleasure with you. 
    Bless you friend!