It is good to be reminded. It may not be easy, but it is helpful. In the past few days, I have been reminded of the warnings, insights, and alternatives that were within my grasp. I know that we had an opportunity to embrace each to varying degrees. I even hear the echo of my voice, wondering to myself how I failed to hear my words.
There is a voice telling me of how the dissonant voices would tear at purpose. We knew, or should have known, that others were not as committed to our purpose as we are. There was a call to do more about this.
There is a voice telling me about structure and discipline. We struggled with having an articulated roadmap of our plans. In the demands of the day(s), we postponed investing in writing about our journey. We continue to pay the price for this.
There are voices asking for direction. Where is the answer? What is the vision? Where are we going?
I hear the reminders of yesterday, and find myself listening to today’s voices. Ironically, I find that I am often deaf to the moment at hand. Yesterday’s cries are still here. Reminders are often voices of the present that we do not want to act on.
I see the actions of others and I find a model I would do well to follow. “With our appetite for both food and life long gone, Paul took his place in our midst and said, “Friends, you really should have listened to me back in Crete. We could have avoided all this trouble and trial.” (Acts 27.21) Paul did not stop there, he responded.
You and I are called to respond. We are called to act. We are called to do something with the reminders in our lives. I have no idea what you should do. I struggle with a sense of the specifics in my life. I do know that being intentional is critical. Life gives us the opportunity to learn. We hold an invitation to be present. Carpe diem.