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Adjusting the Default Position

By Belinda

"So how was your day?" he asked, and in that instant I had a choice.

There were so many moments in the day to choose from. Whatever moment I chose to define the day, hung in the balance in that split second. Was it because at that moment I was standing over a big steaming pot of boiling water, wilting cabbage leaves for a mammoth quantity of cabbage rolls? I don't know, but I chose badly. 

I launched into a description of a big task added to a team already running hard to meet numerous deadlines. An impossible feat with a timeline too short!

I was flippant as I tossed out that moment into the atmosphere. It infused the air with something smellier than the cabbage leaves--but it took me a while to detect the odour.

I saw his shoulders slump; his brow furrow with concern.

The next morning, I woke up and belatedly sniffed the atmosphere around me and didn't like it one bit. I realized that I was choosing to look at things from a merely human perspective.

I thought of Moses; David; Gideon. I wanted to be like them, not King Saul of old, who quivered on a hillside when faced with an intimidating army. God plus anybody makes a formidible combination. How could I have forgotten that?

It didn't matter how big; hard  or impossible the task was, nothing is impossible for God. I had almost left him out of the equation.

Of course, Oswald Chambers had something to say on the subject in My Utmost for His Highest for today when I took time to read. The key verse:

If God so clothes the grass of the field . . . , will He not much more clothe you . . . ? —Matthew 6:30

Oswald Chambers says:

We have allowed the cares of the world to come in, and have forgotten the "much more" of our heavenly Father.

Paul and I have been watching the TV miniseries, Band of Brothers about "E" Easy Company, 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division during World War II: "A tale of ordinary men who did extraordinary things." It is an inspiring story of heroism...and leadership.

My perspective was back where it needed to be as a leader. I want to lead a team of ordinary men and women, who do extraordinary things...because we trust in God.
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