Tuesday July 26, 2011We choose.
My sons’ favorite preschool teacher believed in empowering children, even at a tender age. She instilled responsibility ever-so-gently by giving them the power to choose.
Of course, she strongly suggested the right choice as she reminded the children, “We choose to obey.” (There was the day one of my boys calmly replied, “I choose to disobey.” I was mortified; you can read about my recovery here.)
Giving children the opportunity to choose seems a small thing, but not an insignificant one. It illustrates a truth that runs throughout our lives.
I’m not saying we have power over everything that happens; far from it. But with each joy or pain that befalls us, we have the ability to choose.
I’m just now reading One Thousand Gifts. Yes, I know. I’m a bit late to the party. But it's summer, and I have time to linger, to relish.
The first chapter is called “An Emptier, Fuller Life.” I do love a paradox. Putting those two words next to each other (emptier, fuller) just intrigues me.
Ann Voskamp relates how she chose to say no to God in the face of pain and loss. My subconscious is saying, “Well, I haven’t had that experience,” and then she writes, “If I’m ruthlessly honest, I may have said yes to God, yes to Christianty, but really, I have lived the no.” She speaks having a loss of central vision, of hungering for filling in a world that is starved. I can’t argue there.
We choose—to live in a world that lacks His power, to live the no or we choose see Him in the holes and have communion there.
I choose the holes. Won’t you peek through with me and sit at His feet?
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