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I was eating empanadas also known in the Virgin Islands as “Pattaes”, mine was filled with fish “a salt fish pattae”. My 18 month old daughter eagerly picked up a piece and placed it her mouth. Quickly she spewed it out and phonetically said “hottt”. Her tongue apparently slightly burnt, experiencing the shock of the hot food looked to me for help. Quickly I came to her rescue, blew on the piece of scolding “pattae” until it was cool enough for her to eat. After it was safe to eat, I gave it back to my daughter she smiled, enjoying all the flavors of this piece of food heaven.
In our lives how often do we consider if our decisions need to be checked by God, to see if they’re “too hot”? Sometimes in our eagerness we jump into different situations quickly and get burnt. The pain experienced by bad decisions burn us with flames of regret, anger or guilt. But here is some wisdom for life, let God blow a fresh wind on your decisions and by the time God is finished, it would be safe to eat. Now what does that mean? Well I am happy you asked? Before we make a decision let us:
- Pray: this is our avenue to communicate with God and ourselves.
- Weigh the Pros and Cons: in any decision we must ask if it worth it?
- Check the Time: Although your decision may have passed the heat test, make sure it’s the right time. Remember timing is everything.
The Take Away
After I blew on the first piece of “pattae”. My daughter nudged me to blow on each piece of food before she ate. Don’t get so accustom to God that you begin to neglect him in your life’s decision. Like my 18-month-old daughter, let God examine every decision in your life, no matter how safe or good it seems.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (The Message Bible) 5 Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own.6 Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Before you make a decision, consider God before you end up getting burnt.
Life…what is it and what’s the point. I know there must be a reason. How much control do I have over it and where do I fit in. who am I in the big scheme of things. How can I make an impact and will it matter. God unblock the passage to your wisdom. Let me be a glowing reflection of you. Is that what I am here for? To represent you, to show your glory. If so, what does that look like. Is there an ideal image of how I am supposed to behave or of what I am supposed to do. Is it what the church says, or my parents or my friends? Is the image I am supposed to live based on what others see in me or what I see in myself? Or is it what you see in me. If so, how do I know what you see in me. How do I know how to live this “life”.
By. S.N. Turnbull
The NBA playoffs have started and to my demise and heartbreak the San Antonio Spurs lost their first game of the 2011 playoffs to the Memphis Grizzlies. Although I can complain and justify the loss, i.e. Manu Ginobili being injured I will digress. But today I am sure the Spurs are handling this setback in various ways and trying to pull it together for the next game.
How do you pull your life back together after a loss, setback, or defeat? You may complain to a friend, drink or smoke and coincidently you feel great for the next several hours, but honestly are you really preparing for game two? Are your methods of coping giving insight to why you lost? If the spurs players spend today complaining about last night’s game, or chose to be spend last night drinking and smoking; how well are they preparing for game 2?
I know it’s easier for us to beat ourselves up after a loss or setback, but if we engage in behaviors that will damage or lives we are reducing our chances of winning game 2. So let us reflect this week of Easter on the moments after Judas betrayed Jesus, he did a number of things, which I think could help us get back in the fight.
- Silence: Is not always practiced in our society, but it does give us time to reflect. Reflection and meditation is important, so in your silence meditate on God’s word and the teachings of hope, peace and ultimate success.
- Forgiveness:Jesus immediately forgave Judas. Sometimes to prepare for game 2 or life after a setback is to forgive yourself and others. Forgiveness is a crucial step to operate fully after a setback
- Remember this is not the Last Game: Although the Spurs lost game one, remember it’s the best of seven series so they have several more games to play and could still possibly win the entire series. Jesus knew that his betrayal and his crucifixion would not be his ultimate end. So I challenge you, this setback is not your end, you have several more chances to overcome and conquer.
So get motivated, get peace and get going. You have more games to play and much more opportunities to win. Remember this lost does not define you. So this week live like a winner, because your ultimate end is victory.