The conversation this morning was direct and to the point.
“Bill, I think you have enough information in order to know what to do for the next few years. It is time for action.”
As I walked away rolling the words over in my mind, I realized that the path before me was simple. Although I had no written requirements, I did have a good idea where we needed to go. As I look to the present and what I can se in the future, the choices are not complex. Yes, there will be unending details the team will need to be address. The precise way that we will implement solutions has yet to be finalized. There are hundreds, probably thousands of decisions we will need to take. Yet, I know that I know.
Life likes to remind us that it is never as complicated as it seems. Yes, chaos reigns. It makes it difficult to keep our eyes focused on the things we most value. Yes, it is painful. Tragedy and uncertainty haunts everyone in unique ways. Yes, there are obstacles and barriers. Not all are of our making because evil is never on our side. Yet, in the moment at hand, the choices are much simpler than I would like to think they are.
Will I reach for more or be happy with what I have?
Will I help another or focus on myself?
Will compassion trump justice?
Will I look through the eyes of a community or limit myself to my vision?
Will I work with God or am I god?
One writer distilled God into a simple sentence. “This is the testimony in essence: God gave us eternal life; the life is in his Son.” (1 John 5.11) We can unpack it in many ways. Compassion alive. Love incarnate. Hope realized.
However we might choose to deal with our doubts about tomorrow, the question is always about today. What will I do with my freedom? There is an opportunity window in each moment. You and I can be part of the solution.