My Lenten Scripture reading the other morning took me to Isaiah 28 (ESV), and I was struck by the imagery of verses 9 & 10:
To whom will [the LORD] teach knowledge, and to whom will he explain the message?…For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little.
As I thought about these verses all during that day, I concluded my life—physically, emotionally, relationally, intellectually and spiritually—is made up of one decision, one conclusion, one choice at a time.
A Google search for insights about the significance of small choices determining big decisions yielded a great quote from John Wooden, famous UCLA basketball coach. I thought the coach’s insight was especially significant during this season of March Madness when the region where I live is all atwitter because our Gonzaga Bulldogs will play in the Final Four for the first time ever a few days from now.
The wise Coach Wooden said,
It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.
The desire of a dedicated Christ-follower is to be transformed in greater measure to the character of Jesus. It’s a lifelong journey, which I’ve come to view as a lifelong adventure. Of this adventurous journey, I conclude:
My journey of transformation moves forward or backward
- One step at a time.
- One insight at a time.
- One “Yes, God!” or “No, God!” at a time.
I often prefer quick fixes and easy answers to life’s difficult issues, but that doesn’t seem to be God’s usual method of transforming a soul.
It’s a process….
placing one foot of faith in front of the other—one step at a time.
practicing one new spiritual discipline at a time.
declaring, “Sure God, I’ll do that!” at a time.
trusting that as I act faithfully in the “little things,” God may cause “big things”
Blessings on your journey of transformation…
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