Another High School graduation notice arrived in our mailbox. As I glanced over it I had a bit of a flashback. You see I performed the wedding ceremony of this kid’s parents. I remember holding him in my arms as a baby for his dedication. Now he is college bound. One season is ending, a new beginning. You can’t go back…only forward in life.
There is a difference you want to make. A relationship you want to invest in. A person you want to become. Sometimes we get a warning that a season is ending. Sometimes it happens without notice. The time to act is now.
I recently read an article about a sailor who was forced to abandon ship in the Atlantic during a hurricane. The coast guard rescued him but the sailboat was left adrift…no sails up…no motor running…just the wind, waves and ocean currents to determine its destiny. Years later the barnacle encrusted vessel washed ashore on the British isles.
Staying afloat is nice, but insufficient. Sailboats were designed for more than just staying afloat…and so were you.
We call it the “golden rule”: Do to others as you would have them do to you.
Jesus said this is the essence of what the prophets taught.
But our first instinct seems to be: Do to others as you think they deserve.
Nevertheless, it seems precisely what our culture, our homes, and the world needs right now.
Are Chip and Joanna of ‘Fixer Upper’ fame lucky at love?
Or do they make the right relational choices?
Is Matt Damon a great actor?
Or does he just make great choices of which roles to take?
Was Mother Teresa predestined to know God deeply?
Or did she intentionally make choices that opened her spiritually?
Wise choice makers do better in every arena of life. Exponentially so!
Every day you make critical choices in regard to work, relationships, finances, health, spirituality…
Oh and you should know…not choosing is still a choice but usually not the best one.
This week I walked by a young girl all covered in body armor learning to ride a bike and I had a flash back to my own experience.
No helmet, no pads and no training wheels. No video to watch, no book to read. Just get on and go. I fell but got back on. Fell again, but got back on. Crashed into a tree, but got back on.
I learned by doing. Doing it wrong. Doing it awkwardly. Doing it painfully. But nevertheless by doing.
I am learning some basic French…feels a lot like it did learning to ride a bike. Maybe this approach works for more than bikes.