Decisions Will Always Lead Us Somewhere

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This morning, a book I used to read to my son popped into my brain called “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.”  Laura Numeroff, the author, wrote a number of these fun and entertaining “If you give..” books. I love how they remind me of not only the circular nature of life but also how our choices will always lead to consequences and outcomes.

I also thought more about how each decision we make in life will lead us somewhere. I seem to be getting this reminder a lot lately.

At church we are studying Exodus and how all of us are on a From -> To journey.

Over the weekend I shared with you all how willingness is the key to everything when it comes to healing, progress, and growth. I shared how God is able to use even the smallest amount of willingness. He taps into that small and honest cry coming from our hearts and He takes off running with it!

On Sunday night, with willingness and From -> To journey’s still bouncing around my brain, I headed to church for small group.  As I pulled out of my driveway, I heard someone on the radio talking about how Moses was just a small time sheep herder when God called him to lead his people to the Promised Land. The man on the radio was encouraging listeners by reminding them that often where we start from is small.

I was reminded that our small “FROM” doesn’t matter if  we are walking with a BIG God who wants to take us “TO” somewhere.

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During small group that night we finished up the newest Margaret Feinberg study, “Fight Back with Joy.”  In the last video we heard the story of the Good Samaritan.  A priest and a Levite chose to pass by on the other side of the street and ignore the injured man bleeding on the side of the road.  A Samaritan came along and chose to stop and show the stranger compassion.  As Margaret shares so well in the video:  “He was the one willing to take a risk.” He was the one willing to cross the road and help.

He was willing to go From the comfort of one side of the street and To the uncomfortable waiting on the other side of the street.

Margaret pointed out how Jewish law in the Book of Leviticus (about not touching unclean things) even gave the priest a good excuse to not stop and help. He could justify his lack of action. This is the point that stuck with me the other night. How often do we do the same thing? How often do we justify our inaction and our unwillingness to help and love others with a list of excuses?  Even Moses tried to do this in Exodus when God called him to lead the Israelites…”Who am I?”

Again, I was reminded that our small “FROM” doesn’t matter if  we are walking with a BIG God who wants to take us “TO” somewhere.

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Yesterday, I asked folks on Facebook to share updates about their One Word (if they chose one this year.)  My One Word is “small” and I’m seeing cool lessons all over the place. I’m loving it.  In one of my comments I shared these words:

We’ve been studying Exodus at church and yesterday’s message was all about the “small” flakes of  manna. Last night as I was driving to “small” group I heard on the radio someone talking about Moses and his beginnings as a sheep herder and that how we shouldn’t despise “small” starts. Yep…small is often the launching pad to GREAT things!

“Small is often the launching pad to GREAT things.”  I still had those words on my heart as I left a little later that morning to take my son to school. On the drive home I heard a song I hadn’t heard in quite some time, “Rise” by Shawn MacDonald. This verse wrapped itself around my heart.

“Cause He who is me
Is greater than I will ever be
And I will rise”

When I arrived home. I wrote those words down in my journal. I then went to YouTube to listen to the song again.  As I skimmed the many different video choices of the song, my eyes caught sight of another video choice “Shawn McDonald shares being honest with yourself.” It was uploaded just six days ago to YouTube. After listening to “Rise” again, I clicked on this 1:00 minute message. I’m so glad I did. It reminded me of words I shared with you in my last blog about the importance of being real with God.  Take a minute to listen.

“I believe healing starts and happens when we start to become honest with our lives and start talking about the struggles in us.”  – Shawn McDonald

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In my quiet time this morning one of recommended verses to read was Ephesians 3: 16-19.

  “My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.”   Ephesians 3:16-19 Message

Rise to the heights! 

“Cause He who is me
Is greater than I will ever be
And I will rise”

2 thoughts on “Decisions Will Always Lead Us Somewhere

  1. Bill (cycelguy)

    This past Tuesday I was at a Catalyst OneDay with Craig Groeschel and Andy Stanley. they spoke about leadership. Several fantastic things were said but one was the importance of serving. Craig said, “Take personal power over positional power.” He wasn’t lauding the chase for power but said it is far more important to be accessible and have respect because of you than to lord it over and demand respect because of your position.

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    1. Eileen Post author

      Bill, I bet that was fun day. I need to catch the one in Atlanta soon. That’s a great quote…seems to be the ongoing theme all through scripture too!

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