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Are You “All” There? If not, where are you?

"Wherever you are - be all there"

 

I stumbled upon this quote a few months ago as I mindlessly perused hundreds of images on Pinterest. This one stuck out. I love quotes & I often find the simpler the better.

This one is a gem.

I have had these words tumbling over and over in my mind since finding it and it is changing how I live.

This quote caught my attention not only because of the genius within it, but because of the voice behind it. Many of you probably remember the story of Jim Elliot, I’ve grown up listening to my mom tell me about him. But in case you aren’t familiar, here’s why seeing his name made me pause:

In 1956, Jim Elliot set out with 4 other men to travel into the jungles of Ecuador with the goal of reaching the dangerous Waodani tribe to share the gospel with them. After a few brief but friendly encounters with two of the tribe members the 5 men began anxiously planning a visit to the tribe’s village. However, before they were able to do so they were attacked by the tribe and were all killed. Jim Elliot was married, had a small daughter, and lost his life for the Lord at the age of 28. He had the opportunity to lead a safer life in the States but felt Ecuador and the Auca people were where he should be. His heart was “all there” with these people and after his death, his wife, Elizabeth Elliot and daughter Valerie remained behind with the Auca and brought the belief in Jesus to the entire tribe.

This quote, “wherever you are -” hit me. I’m in the present, I’m in “right now” and I’m rarely completely -heart, mind & soul – present. This idea has caused me to take steps that have opened up new and refreshing challenges before me. Here are some of the ways I’ve been living this out:

- Fully commit to something. I’ve attended my home church, Bethany Church in Long Beach, CA my entire life and found that I fluctuate between seasons of involvement and detachment. I recently started attending a new young adults ministry there and while I’ve been stand-offish for the past few years I decided (because of this quote) that I was going to be “all there” and am finally getting involved in ways I didn’t anticipate for myself.

- Engage with the people in front of you. Being in an iPhone family I have found out how easy it is to disengage with the people around you in favor of checking your phone. Last Sunday we had a big family dinner at my parents house and instead of falling into my normal mode of operation by pulling my phone out I engaged my grandma in a great conversation that led to pulling out old albums and learning some great family history. I was in the moment with her and I will never regret that time.

- Be intentional about feeling and experiencing. I love seeing the fireworks at Disneyland. I have a pass and for my birthday each year I just want to be camped out on Main Street, USA to see the show. Since my birthday is in December the weather is always a bit iffy but if we’re lucky enough to get a full show I find myself each time trying as hard as I can to realize what I’m doing, “I’m watching the fireworks!”, where I am, “I’m at Disneyland!”, who I’m with, “I’m with my sweet husband!” and why I’m there, “It’s my birthday!”. If I don’t do this then I trail away, get distracted by the talking family in front of me or by the kid on his dad’s shoulders that’s blocking my view of the Matterhorn and I miss the reason I was there – the fireworks.

As you see, my sentimental  heart can quickly become carried away and swept into memories from the past that I love reliving and sharing. However, I am also a worrier and often find my mind drifting into future uncertainties and endless question marks.

 

How can you see this idea being helpful to you in your daily life?

Do you remember Jim Elliot’s story? If so, how has it impacted your life?

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Molly

About Molly

Hello! I'm Molly and I run & manage the Blog here at O'Connor. We have an awesome team of creative writers that I get to work with every week & be inspired by - my job is pretty unique and I love it. My background is in English Literature but I grew up with a mortician for a father and have always had an interest in this profession. Work at O'Connor has brought together two of my deep passions, writing & grief ministry, and I am so grateful to be working somewhere where I feel value in what I do. I want to sincerely thank you for following & reading the blog and invite you to get involved by sending feedback, topic ideas, consultation inquiries, or guest blogger proposals to me here: mkeating@oconnormortuary.com
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  • GREG FORSTER

    Molly,

    Your post and related thoughts are very timely and relevant. It seems most unfortunate today that technology and social media are working against the goal of “being in the moment”, unless, of course, this means being in several moments at once on a second by second basis. Like you, I try to get disconnected from distractions. One way that I do this is go off hiking without earbuds, to just experience the simple joy of nature and the occasional terrific views afforded by local trails (I even put my phone on “vibrate”…do not make calls…but carry it along for emergency only). I watched a documentary film on Jim Elliot last year, and was struck by his family’s tremendous strength of forgiveness and their continuing relationship with members of this tribe.
    When I was in school, I was taught the strength and importance of focusing on the task at hand so that I could get more out of the experience and be the most efficient at using my time so that, once this task was completed, I could then move forward to the next.
    Unfortunately, some people today need to re-boot themselves in order to learn the value of being in the moment. Thank you,
    Greg

    • http://blog.oconnormortuary.com Molly

      Greg, your ideas about enjoying nature and pulling yourself away from the distractions are great ways of re-discovering yourself. When the chaos is removed we are free to clearly see who and what we are and I think that is so very important in self-health and personal integrity. Thank you so much for sharing what works for you as you try to be “all there”. Jim Elliot’s family as well as Nate Saint’s (a fellow missionary also murdered) have made incredible relationships with the Auca people and have since brought the entire tribe into a loving relationship with God. If that isn’t an insane testimony to the power of a single moment in time, followed by decision made out of the right priorities I don’t know what is. Thanks again, Greg!

  • Ms. Fran Cantor

    Hello Molly,
    I enjoyed reading your blog, it was inspiring to know that some of our younger adults
    Generation are able to relate to the “Here and Now Moments” They last a life time of “Memories”
    Relating to people around you is so important and the thought Here today Gone tomorrow. You being
    in the work place gives you the Opportunity to relate to others it shows you are Passionate person.
    Your blog will give INSPIRATION to others. Bless you keep up spirit up.!!!!
    One of my sons Volunteer for the Red Cross Disaster !!! After Work!! I’m proud of you & my Son!!!
    Frannie!!!!!

    • http://blog.oconnormortuary.com Molly

      Wow Frannie, thank you so much for your comment and for sharing your own experiences. What a blessing your son is as a volunteer, I have such deep respect for our volunteering men and women who I think really know what it means to be in the moment and make it count. Volunteers and people like Jim Elliot are the very spirit of why I wrote this blog. Thank you again for sharing with us & thank your son on my behalf for his service. I am so grateful!

  • Lor Bristol

    Molly,
    You know I think the world of you. I enjoy your writing so much.
    This post strikes a chord with me for sure . I am famous for starting off strong and then trickling off.
    Thank you for the reminder to commit fully and be all there.
    Love you!
    Lori

    • http://blog.oconnormortuary.com Molly

      You’re doing it Lori! Thank you for your kind words. I’m thrilled to have you on the team, to see your level of commitment grow & your unending enthusiasm feed into my own. I’m happy that this post meant something to you – because you mean a great deal to me. Thank you friend!

  • http://www.oconnormortuary.com Neil O’Connor

    Molly -
    I think we all can relate to not-being in the moment. There are so many “things” in life that pull us in so many directions. Life is to short to not pay attention to the moment we have NOW! The past is gone and the future is never guaranteed. When I feel like I need to take a step back and refocus to get back into the moment, I focus my attention on my breath. We lose so much joy in life if we never take time for the now. I love your blog, I am looking forward to you next one. Great job! You are a tremendous leader in our company!

    • http://blog.oconnormortuary.com Molly

      Wow, thank you so much Neil! I couldn’t agree with you more about the need to refocus – when we are able to do it priorities re-align and I know I am always grateful for the perspective changer. Thank you for the support & encouragement – I’m thrilled you liked it!

  • Anne Collins

    Molly, This has been one of the many personal favorite quotes in my mind for many years. What Jim Eliot did was add the word “ALL”. That word is important. It emphasizes the requirement to question yourself as to the extent of your involvement in the now. Oh, the joy of relationships, conversations, walking with someone you care about, sharing a meal or cup of coffee, when you are ALL there. I just returned from the funeral of my dear brother in law, Wayne. I delivered the eulogy on behalf of the family. The man went to coffee countless times a week with many people. Though he was older and no longer pastor of a church, that coffee table was his church and he was ever the gentle, humble listener, with the heartiest genuine laugh which I am sure surfaced at all the right moments. Wayne is my perfect personal example of someone who was always “all there” for everyone. The calls, comments and overflowing service was testimony as to how huge his impact was. We can all have that same impact if we will just stop and be “all there”. Thanks for the reminder.

    • http://blog.oconnormortuary.com Molly

      Anne, what a beautiful description of your brother-in-law. He sounds like a very special, rare and wondrous man. The idea of the coffee table being his church is so significant to me as I’m hoping, trying and praying for chances to minister to people wherever they are – and a lot of the time, that’s not IN a church. What a privilege to know someone that has made such a sweet difference and who you can say lived as Jim Elliot did, “all there”. I’m blessed to know you Anne & blessed still by your brother-in-law’s faithfulness to people and the Lord.

      Thanks for sharing.

  • Kim Stacey

    I am so impressed with the overall quality of this blog – kudos to all the writers. But, Molly, this specific post touched me deeply. Being “fully present” – mindful living – is an art, and a joy. It enhances the quality of life. That’s what disturbs me most when I see people doing one thing (walking across the street), while talking on the phone, or checking their email on their phone, or…otherwise NOT being “all there”!

    I’ve subscribed to the blog, and will look forward to new posts – and will certainly use this as a model when I talk to funeral home owners about the “deeper connections” they can forge with a “blog of quality”!

    Oh, one more thing – I want to see a picture of the “humble data entry girl” – no iconic heads! Let’s see the face in front of the mind!

    • http://blog.oconnormortuary.com Molly

      Kim! I love your enthusiasm! Thanks for being a follower as well as for the encouraging words regarding this post. I am so glad that this held meaning for you and resonated in your life. It’s nice to know that we’re not alone in noticing this trend of “social absence” that seems to be happening despite the notion that we are supposedly communicating more than ever.

      Thank you again for your comment, it means a great deal to me.
      I also posted a little picture of myself just for you! Thanks for the push!

  • Carrie Bayer

    Molly, I absolutely love this. It is such a great reminder to quiet the mind & be “all there”. Thank you so much for this amazing lesson!

    • http://blog.oconnormortuary.com Molly

      Thank you, Carrie! It’s so nice to know that others can be encouraged by my ideas & words. I’m really glad you enjoyed this post.

  • Patricia Kolstad

    Sweet Molly Green Eyes . . .
    You are really and old soul. Full of wisdom and hope. I am so blessed to still be part of your life. I have so enjoyed our discussions on life, struggles, the future an “being in the present”. The part about becoming “fully engaged and committed” has encouraged me to write about my life experiences in hopes of helping others. Thank you for your insightfulness in bringing us these words of wisdom. Nicely done!

    • http://blog.oconnormortuary.com Molly

      So kind & sweet. I’m grateful for any encouragement, inspiration, or thought my writing can spark. Thank you for your own words of encouragement. Yes, I think I really am an old soul : )

  • Amy

    What an inspirational quote. Good reminder that you need to be where ever you are.

    • http://blog.oconnormortuary.com Molly

      Thank you so much Amy. I hope you remember these words at a time when they bring you comfort!