On a recent Sunday, a visiting pastor observed that we will make very few big, life-altering decisions over the course of our time on this earth. Rather, the little things we do and say end up shaping our destiny. I have been thinking about this, and reflecting on how the small choices we make from moment to moment become our days, our days become our weeks, and so on until they comprise our lives.
We all want to be good people. We are proud of our volunteer service and glad to contribute to the causes near to our hearts, but how do we respond when someone on the street asks us for a dollar as we rush to our next appointment? We are happy to bring a meal to a family with a new baby or offer to help a friend who has been in the hospital, but how do we react when asked for a favor that doesn't fit our schedule? We commend ourselves for being team players and shrug off accolades, but what thoughts arise when a colleague takes credit for our hard work?
Our proactive do-gooding efforts are not to be discounted, but we shouldn't neglect the small, less lofty (and more difficult) work of responding with honesty and compassion to the unplanned scenarios we encounter each day.
How will you approach the circumstances that present themselves today? What can you do to ensure your beliefs, thoughts, words, and actions align with the destiny you desire?