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One Fraction of a Moment is All We Get to Decide…

And you can say what you want, but it all comes down to one split second….

One fraction of a moment is all you get to decide. Speak or not? Respond harshly or not? Rise up defensively or seek reconciliation? Click or don’t click?

Photo: David Melchor Diaz, Creative Commons, cc license

Despite our values, our faith, our hard-fought-for beliefs, it can all boil down to one split second. Do I obey God here or not?

This week our house has been a hill of skirmishes. Battles bloodied, hearts gashed, words tearing.

In between the beautiful and warm moments have been the heart-aching, sharp-tongued ones too. How can our hearts and mouths encompass so much emotion?

In several relationships, we’ve been scrambling up hills, muddy-kneed, chiseled-hearted to fight anew for us, for each other. Each inch of victory is chosen, prayed for, and battled towards with deliberately-soft hearts, humble spirits, and apologies-in-hand. “I’m sorry.”

“Me too.”

“Can we start over?”

And lost ground is gained one word at a time. 

It all comes down to a split second. One fraction of a moment is all we get to decide.

Do I obey here or not?

After several days of choosing wrongly, this afternoon when the moment came, I paused, weighed my options, wavered, and then obeyed.

Joy came. I walked away, turned on rocking music, and the joy of obedience crashed in hard.

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3 Comments

  1. Houseofmills on November 21, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    oh I hear ya!! I just need to remember to say sorry. my kids need to hear that more from me. God hears it, but after snapping at kids I need to say it to them too "sorry…lets do it over" like you said. Glad I am not alone! =)

  2. Bill (cycleguy) on November 21, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    I like the choice of music…rocking music. LOL I also like more the decision to choose actions and words wisely and walk away.

  3. Unknown on November 25, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    Nothing fits better or points to Who we belong to like a suit of humility. That's victory, sister. Thanks for the reminder. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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