Observers like to remind us that many of the lessons we value as adults were first introduced when we were four or five years old. As powerful as those lessons were – emotionally on the playground or physically through corporal punishment at school or at home, I still not think many of us have learned. While I cannot accurately speak for anyone other than myself, in my life I keep seeing repeats of the same chapters.
In a moment of choice, one friend offered another a piece of advice. While he did not initially push his view, as the decision point grew closer, the intensity of his recommendation also grew. He was firm in his words. He was clear. I stayed with my whimsical choice.
With a tap on the shoulder, I knew I was entering a space where my speed would be scrutinized. With cameras signs visible and well marked, I had little excuse for not being aware. The reminder tap clearly eliminated any chance that I was not aware. For reasons unknown, I rode the way I wanted to ride. The letter in my mailbox letting me off this time was a gentle reminder that I was still accountable.
You and I live in a series of decision points. Even our choice to not act is a decision. Life offers to guide us. Friends offer to support and share their experiences. We have lessons and guides. Ignoring truth does not change accountability and responsibility. I keep remembering the lessons of my childhood; when I willfully chose something whimsical (translate selfish), this is “what happens: mischief backfires; violence boomerangs.” (Psalm 7.16)
Today’s points can be different that the past. You and I have the freedom to start fresh whenever we choose. In the moment at hand, we make a choice. We can keep replaying our childhood or do something different, hopefully move better. It is an amazing gift that is unique ours; we get to choose. God gave us the capability along with the moment in which to do something with it. We have the keys.