By Joelle Wight
We are faced with lots of choices each and every day. Our choices reflect who and what we have decided to serve. Sometimes making the right choice seems overwhelming and it feels easier to make a different choice instead. However, when we intentionally reflect on who God is and on what God wants for all of creation, we are more prepared to respond with a responsible choice. One way we can do this is through spiritual practices.
This spiritual practice will offer the opportunity to reflect on God and on some questions that help us better understand who God wants us to be.
Play this video of a stream. As you watch, feel free to ponder the following reflection questions, or simply meditate on how the Holy Spirit can shape us.
Pay attention to the flow of the water and how it interacts with its surroundings. Wonder at the shape of the water and the shape of the land. Become aware that the water takes the shape of the land today, but the land is shaped by the movement of the water, day after day . . . century after century. How long does it take for the hard, seemingly immovable land to yield to the water and change? Only a moment, really. A moment of labor can't be seen now, but after a decade of moments, the change is clear. As you watch the water, meditate on what our spiritual condition or shape will be if we choose to expose ourselves fully to the power and strength of the Holy Spirit. Try to yield your own hard, resisting shoreline to the free-flowing forces of God's uncontainable spirit. Wait for the opportunity to choose change. It will come . . . moment by moment.
If we want to live joyful and peaceful lives, we have to begin to respond in new and different ways, moment by moment. When someone does something or says something that is offensive or hurtful, we have to trust that God loves them, too. God is in the situation. God knows the intent and the details. We rarely have all the facts to make a proper judgement, but God does.
The Enduring Principle known as Responsible Choices shapes the message that God gives us the ability to make choices and hopes we will continue to choose to make good choices. When we do, we create better processes in the world, we have better friendships, and all of creation is healthier. May we be blessed as we make choices that better the world.