Friday, 20 September 2013

Moments


The moments that seem insignificant prepare us for the moments that are most significant.
Steven Furtick
Steven Furtick
As a more chronologically mature person I appreciated this thought from Steven Furtick who is among the bright new leaders in Christendom.   Our lives are made up of predominantly little, insignificant, mundane moments.  It is during these moments that our hearts are particularly on display to all mighty God.  It is in the little moments when no one is watching or paying attention to our behavior that who we truly are surfaces.  Do I get impatient if someone left the cap off the toothpaste causing it to harden?  Do I get frustrated when I can’t find my car keys?  Do I get annoyed when I find that someone in the family has eaten the bagel that I had set aside for breakfast?  Do I let a fellow road warrior cut in front of me when I realize he/she is having a hard time merging in?  Do I put on another pot of coffee at work when I have taken the last cup?  I think you are beginning to get the idea.  We have hundreds of little moments every day.

Why is it so important how I respond to these daily occurrences?  Because as I have said they reflect my heart.  More specifically, as a Christian, my responses to life reflect how well I am manifesting the Fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5,i.e. faithfulness, gentleness, goodness, joy, kindness, love, peace, patience and self-control.

If I have learned to rely on the leading of the Holy Spirit during the little moments of my life it more than likely that I will seek Him when faced with more daunting challenges.  If I have sought God’s will for my life when confronted with those insignificant trials and temptations of daily life it stands to reason that I will seek His counsel when faced with more pressing matters.
                                                        
Life is a learning laboratory, offering many teachable moments.  It is like when I was in school and had numerous quizzes throughout the week.  At the end of the week we had a test.  The test was a compilation of the quizzes.  If I did well on the quizzes, I did well on the test.  If we do well handling the little moments of life we will be better able to handle those that are more sigficant.    

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