Thursday, September 10, 2009

The plot hinges on such details

Think of the most momentous events in your life. I mean those moments that changed everything. Did you know they were momentous at the time? If you're like me, not always. Often the grandest of moments disguise themselves as the most run of the mill events. Philip Yancey hits upon this truth in his book, Reaching for the Invisible God. “In a play or a movie, the most ordinary events - walking out to buy a paper, getting into a car, answering the phone - may have momentous implications. The plot hinges on such details, and the audience watches carefully because it does not know which one may prove significant or hold an essential clue.”

While we usually do a good job of paying attention during a movie (if it’s a good one!) we often have a more difficult time staying alert in our everyday lives. And yet, if we believe that God is real and active, every moment of our lives may be a moment that changes everything. Life with God fills every moment, every event with great possibilities. It’s not that we should be on the lookout for momentous moments. Often we won’t know we’ve encountered one of these golden exchanges even after they’ve happened. Instead, we should look at each moment as an opportunity to do good, to be honest, or to be courageous. Because frankly, we never know if the moment that just passed might be the moment that changes everything for us . . . or for someone else.


Think about it. The kindness you show the teller at the bank. The handful of dollars you share with the person on the corner. The smile you offer the person waiting in line next to you. These things and things like them may seem insignificant to you, but who knows what they may mean to the person who received your kindness or even to a person who witnessed the exchange take place. The plot of another person’s life may hinge on your actions today. So heed the apostles teachings, “be ready to do whatever is good, slander no one, be peaceable and considerate, and show true humility toward all people” (Titus 3:1-2).

And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this? – Esther 4:14

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