How to Make Every Moment of Every Day Count
Every moment of every day, you have a choice to make. You can either let the minutes pass you by or you can claim them for what they are: opportunities to unlock the full depth of life’s potential.
For Carlos Whittaker, renowned blogger, musician and worship leader, and husband and dad, living deliberately is a way of life. Making moments that are significant, memorable, or impactful are a part of how he navigates each day, and it has forever changed the landscape of his story.
In Moment Maker, Carlos explains his methodology for living intentionally and claiming moments that touch the lives of others, whether that be his family, his friends, his colleagues, or total strangers.
Carlos isn’t asking anyone to make a big investment in time, energy, or money. He is simply uncovering the investment of attention. You don’t have to buy tickets to special events or orchestrate elaborate surprises. You just have to be aware—of your surroundings, the people you encounter, the things that interest those important to you, the opportunities that present themselves—and be prepared to seize those moments and see lives changed.
|Contributor(s)||Carlos Enrique Whittaker|
|About the Contributor(s)||Carlos Enrique Whittaker
Carlos Whittaker is an author, blogger, speaker and worship leader. He has been on the leadership team for Catalyst as well as leading worship at many of their events. He regularly speaks at the largest churches all over the country. He and his wife Heather and their children live in Nashville, TN. Carlos blogs at: ragamuffinsoul.com
|Publish Date||Apr 1, 2014|
- Review by Bianca
In his book, he explains the Moment Making theory and method. He breaks it down into three basic approaches: Created Moments, Received Moments and Rescued Moments. Each of these approaches contains an introduction and some personal examples of each of those moments. His stories are motivational and funny.
I liked his enthusiastic and passionate take on life, the Moment Making theory and then the explanations that come later in the book. All these determine you to be intentional about your Moment Making journey and at the same time, they give you some tools for starting with some pragmatic steps.
I loved the book and I would recommend it to those who want to enjoy life every little moment at a time, to those who want to get the best out of it, and to those who want to: Live with purpose and on purpose. (Posted on 6/26/2014)
- Review by James
Story after story tells of times that Carlos jumped into a moment and loved people for who they were and not for who or what he thought they should be. He shows how living out the gospel will not always fit in the mold of what our traditions have made Christianity to be and how loving people means reaching into the moment and taking hold of it.
One of my favorite quotes speaks volumes about who we are as a society, content to let moments happen, and speaks to our need to jump in to moments:
"When we are the moment, the moment become engrained in us. But when we are more concerned with having something to show for it, we miss out on the experience. We may have a photograph of our child's smile when they discover something new, but we didn't get to experience the discovery with them. When we are in the moment, the moment stays with us." (pg. 149)
If you love stories, this book will captivate you. If you love redemption, this book will encourage you. If you want see how loving like Jesus loves really looks, this book will show you.
As you will see Christianity isn't always pretty and taking advantage of a moment will sometimes lead to things you may not normally do. Carlos never asks you to compromise your faith, he simply asks you to take advantage of moments, to show others love, to make a difference in the world.
"Be a moment maker, not a moment taker." (Posted on 4/14/2014)
- Review by Crystal
Some of my favorite quotes from Moment Maker are "Jesus served everyone he encountered. He was all about making the moments with them about them-- showing them they were loved, that they were valued by their Father in heaven."
"When someone feels the true worth of who they are because you stopped what you were doing and made life about them, you can have hit on an essential component of Moment Making."
"Jesus came to do something incredibly special for us. He came to make sure we knew our worth, our value to God."
"It's about making someone feel valued through that moment. Because of the thought you put into it. Because they know they are worth that much."
"That initial act is all that is needed sometimes to induce the little bit of bravery in someone that will set them free."
This book shatters our hiding in that place of inadequacy and doubt and teaches us that no matter where we are in our lives, no matter what kind of Ragamuffin shape we are in, we can have an impact on the lives of others just by making an investment in them with just a moment of our time. Shed your life of insecurity one moment at a time, loving others and setting their hearts free from the bondage of being unseen, unheard, and unknown.
I will very happily recommend this book as I embark on my own journey of Moment Making! (Posted on 4/11/2014)
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