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My Favorite Vice?

Here’s a habit (perhaps a vice) I have grown over the years.  Ever since middle school I’ve been “waiting.”  Waiting for that Big Moment.  The moment that will change everything.  The moment where it will clearly contrast & vividly expose a stunning “before & after” picture of myself.  The Key Event that will reframe everything because it would literally change everything.  I’ve always longed for that “movie-worthy” moment  that will kick me into gear and free me to live the life I’ve always “waited” to live. 

Somebody once said that “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.”  I guess for me, life is what was happening & passing by while I was just waiting for my big moment.

Many days, I find myself getting tired of the repetitive cycle of life and am tempted to idly and passively sit & wait for something to happen in my life.  Waiting for that ultimate call, ultimate encounter, ultimate event that will forever change the trajectory of my life. 

But today I’m reminded by the amazing gift of today.  The all-too-normal day that is ticking by at my apartment, in the dentist’s office, in the aisles of Grand Mart and Hanaro Mart in preparation for the Bible study session at our place tomorrow evening. 

If we stop and think about it, this normal, ordinary, daily life ticking by on our streets & sidewalks, in our houses and schools, in our beds and at our dinner tables/cafeterias, is the most precious gift any of us will ever experience.  Because life is a collection of billions of moments all strung together, built on top of one another, that sculpts the person we have become today & will continue to evolve into. 

The Heisman Trophy Winner knows this.  He knows that his Big Moment was not when they gave him the trophy.  It was the thousand times he went to practice instead of going to bed.  It was the miles run on rainy days, the healthy meals when a burger sounded like heaven.  That Big Moment represented and rested on a foundation of moments that had come before it. 

So, instead of “reaching for my vice”, I take a “deep breath” & begin to realize the amazing gift of this moment and this day God has bestowed upon me once again.

And rather than waiting, I stand & gather up my running gear & take off for a great run in the rain, hoping & praying that God will shower upon me not only the rain but His Spirit as I build a firm foundation for the Trophy/Crown He has in store for me on that Great Day!

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