I would love to believe that the only person touched by my choices and decisions is myself, but I know that this is never the truth. I behave as if my assumptions are real, and as a result, people nearest to me bear the brunt of my efforts to be number one. In these moments, my life is a clear validation of rhetorical proverb, “Can you walk barefoot on hot coals and not get blisters?” (Proverbs 6.28)
The flipside is equally true. I do not realize the people I can touch. I easily forget that it is in helping others realize their dreams that my most personal ideals are realized and my personal goals have life.
Life is about touching the lives of others and letting God touch ours.
This past week I have made more decisions than normal. Some were major ones, others involved the lives of those I journey with, and the remainder never escaped my mind. As I reflect, I can see how each and every choice changed who I am on the inside. My view of myself evolved as I struggled with my inner demons. The color of the world around me took on a different hue and shape because of the areas where I stood and struggled.
The quiet and blunt reality is that God was and is always here. He never left my side! Even when I doubted his word, he did not waiver. I struggled, clearly expressing my fears for the future. He heard my cry and wrapped his arms even more tightly. I tried to run away, only to realize that the Presence was as close as my shadow.
Nothing that happened to me is unique. Everything applies to your life as equally as it does mine. You walk near mud puddles and you will get wet. You stride through the fire and there will be blisters on your feet! Each step you take will occur with God at your side, regardless of your view on this. God impact is there, if we choose to experience complete living.