Daily Thoughts, December 29, 2002
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Up, Down?

The process should have been simple. I knew exactly what I wanted to buy. The person on the other end of the phone was knowledgeable, experienced, helpful, fun to talk with, and committed. In the end that wasn’t enough; my order did not get placed correctly and even with extraordinary efforts to rectify the problem the final order still wasn’t what I thought I had asked for. The question I was left with was simple and direct; do I solve yesterday’s problem or move into tomorrow?

The manuals were detailed beyond comprehension. Each component was talking to each other. Everything that needed to be here was. Yet nothing was talking with each other in a way that accomplished the goal, an integrated network. I made sure I was following the right sequential steps. I sweated through each mistake and miscalculation and began fresh again. Eight plus hours into the conundrum I was left with a simple question; do I continue to try and solve the problem at hand or do I seek help from someone with more experience and knowledge?

Everything seemed so simple. Reservations at the bowling centre, custom fitted ball and presentable black shoes at the ready, and a winning score waiting to be realized. The trouble is that my head ached, my eyes couldn’t focus, and it had been a long time since I had slid across the maple floor. The question was simple; do I worry about the fact that my wife was scoring much higher than I was or would I let go in order to enjoy the fun of playing with friends and family?

“Pride lands you flat on your face; humility prepares you for honors.” (Proverbs 29.23)

Everyday and each moment is an opportunity to start fresh, to look forward by living in the present. Far too many times I find myself looking down at my own two feet, wondering what could have been. It is as if I have lost the moment. The awesome news is that God is here, ready to give, now; up or down?

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