Tuesday, January 19, 2010

to be or not to be...

In these precious few quiet moments at home, I find myself battling apathy and even the blues, scrambling for motivation in the simple things. Not feeling well yesterday has set me behind in a way only moms and housekeepers will understand. ;)  Speaking of which, I'm looking for a free nanny/housekeeper. Just, you know, an extra couple of hands and some initiative. Apply today at emily.c.wagoner@gmail.com. No pay or benefits.

(That's so funny... I realize in posting this that I've been giving my wrong email address to everyone! hahaha)

Anyway, it's times like this when I'm faced with the decision.
Deuteronomy 30:19 "I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God."

I've already made "THE" decision. I've already chosen a team. But I think we are faced every day with decisions that, taken to their logical conclusion, will either breed life or death. Sometimes they're obviously big decisions - like whom to marry and when, whether or not to invest money in this or that... decisions that will affect our future in tangible ways: where we will live, career, kids, finances, marriage, our own health and life.

But often times it's the little things we have to be conscious of. I think we are called to make moment-to-moment decisions that have a greater impact on our future than we realize.

Today in Bible Study @heartsomaha, Dr. Deb talked about Rebekah of Genesis 24.
Genesis 24 recounts the story of the hunt for the bride of Isaac, the promise of the future nation of Israel. It would be through Isaac and his wife that the promises God made to Abraham would be fulfilled. So, obviously, the selection process was fairly intense!
Rebekah was minding her own business one evening when she saw a man near a well with a bunch of camels. She gave a drink of water to the man, but then she offered to water the camels as well.
"After she had given him a drink, she said, "I'll draw water for your camels too, until they have finished drinking." Genesis 24:19

It doesn't seem like that big a decision, but that single choice landed her smack in the middle of God's Epic story and gained her a spot in the bloodline of Jesus the Messiah. (Read the whole story when you have a chance, it's awesome. BibleGateway)

My point is, choices matter. And most don't seem like a matter of life and death. But in the little things, even, I want to be in tune to the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit that answers, "Is this life-giving? Or not so much?" And don't get me wrong. I don't choose to read my Bible over TV every time... that's not what I'm saying. Sometimes the most Holy thing we can do is take a nap. (Abbey) ;)
Just be aware, is all. Be choice-conscious.

How have you seen a "small" decision play out largely in your life?


Kurt Wagoner said...

I think this is a great discussion, and I really like the story of Rebekah as an illustration. That's probably just what she always did - what's an extra bucket of water? Camels get thirsty too. :) What I think is cool is God's "Times Infinity" skill. Everything he does is "Times Infinity", so to Him, there ARE no big or small decisions. I imagine Him setting up a series of choices for us in our daily lives (like a Rube Goldberg en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rube_Goldberg_machine) and then throwing up High Fives and Fist Pumps as we walk through His plan. (p.s. I also believe that as we make "wrong" choices He's instantly rebuilding His plan to take another path. "Oops Kurt! Ok, ok, no problem, check THIS out!" -God ) Off the cuff I couldn't think of any specific small decisions, but in general, I think about phone calls I did or didn't take, little moments with kids that may or may not be etched in their memory forever as THEIR MOMENT with Dad, etc.

Also, who do you suppose God High Fives?

emily said...

Absolutely He does! /fistpound
It'll be so awesome to see how things play out in the end. Like a "Choose Your Own Adventure" book. There are things set in motion now that I may not ever know started with my sneeze. Or... you know... well placed word. :)