Decisions, Decisions - As I watched the game, I had my notebook in hand to jot down some notes on the power of our choices. I had been considering a post on the topic of choices last week, to the point of getting some photos and putting them in my photobucket for illustration. Clearly, that post never got it together. The very next day (after getting the photos), in our mid-week service, guess what the title was? "Multitudes, Multitudes in the Valley of Decision", from Joel 2. Care to speculate on what photos illustrated it? Yes, you got it! 2 from MY photobucket! Ok, I am sure the speaker used his own bucket full of photos! But, seriously, what are the chances of that? Ok, Ya'll, I don't truly want to know the mathematical probabilities on this occurring, it's merely rhetorical! I enjoyed his point, but I kept squirming in my seat thinking, "I missed it, I should have done that post"!
Overflow - Later in the game, the announcers were speaking about Tony Dungy's far reaching impact in the area of football. They spoke about how he attributes his success to everything but himself, while others point the finger to him in numerous and varied manners for their success. Over the years he has made so many, day-to-day right choices, choices for life, generosity, and excellence, he now can hardly be on a football field without coming in contact with someone who hasn't coached or played with, or for him and admits to being better for it. I thought "this is exactly what it looks like when someone consistently lives a life of excellence". Dungy has attained that level, which many of us aspire to. That place of power, something I'll call the power of multiplication. It's where the cumulative total of (hopefully) good choices we make, build-up an overflow. A place where our life begins to spill over with goodness that benefits others. How does this happen? By the strengths in our lives accruing and developing to a place of it not being able to be contained, but MUST overflow. The wisdom we have learned, the favor that is ours, our place of influence and/or authority, our skill level, knowledge, you fill in the blank, must flow out from us and to the benefit of others. These things we have reaped from sowing good seed, good decisions in our lives, put us in a place to be able to light a path for others, so that they may now be able to know what a good choice looks like. Now we are able to do what some one, some many did for each of us; encourage, show mercy, have compassion for, and provide opportunities for others to spread their wings by setting them up for success.
Purpose of Abundant Living - I think Dungy is one of many examples of what the intention of John 10:10 is all about. I believe Jesus desires us to have an abundant life, in order that we may overflow with His goodness, so that others may: know of Him, of His ways, of His goodness.
The Field's Wide Open - It's been occurring to me lately, which is how I even got to this posting today, that it's the "little foxes that spoil the vine". Being faithful to the "little" details of life will assure us of arriving at a place of wide open opportunities and places of dominion, where we can impact others from the richness in our lives.
A Note From CPT Obvious - It occurs to me that while this is not a new concept, it is a forgotten concept. This is how America became great. One generation working hard and sacrificing for another. The trouble is we have been so successful and our abundant living has made things so easy and convenient, we are in danger of forgetting that it is GOOD to work hard, strive and push ourselves, and even to do without (gasps!)! See Resistance Training for more on this thought.
OK, now I can't talk anymore because I need to go consult my horoscope, I have important decisions to make...kidding!