He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
2 Corinthians 3:6
I've been in the midst of a huge decision this week.
I've been thinking on this decision for months, researching, processing, seeking counsel.
I speak, of course, of the decision to purchase a new computer.
I drove myself slightly batty in the process.
Should I get this feature or that one?
Should I veer away from the operating system I've become so familiar with over the past many years?
What were the benefits?
What were the possible issues?
And what if I didn't like my new computer, after all the expense and consult?
I actually turned this into a Big Thing.
Our church family is undergoing a huge milestone tomorrow. We're moving into our new home, a place we've dreamed about and planned toward and hoped for. There have been lots and lots of details and worries, concerns and big decisions. Many of us have been up at the new property for long, long hours, trying to get our minds and hearts and processes around this new home. We've been slightly batty over it.
It's a Big Thing.
I sit here tonight typing on my new computer. I finally made the decision.
Tomorrow we will meet in our new church house. Finally.
Sometimes it's not the change or the transition that gets us in knots...it's just the decision to jump.
To leap into something new.
To jump fully into something unfamiliar, whether that be a different computer system or a new facility or a new job or a different situation.
The trepidation is in the preparing to jump. Researching the jump. Getting counsel on the jump.
But once your feet leave the platform of familiar?
Well, it can be a thrill.
Just a thrill.
I think about the trepidatious crowds who surrounded Jesus, listening to His teaching, seeing His miracles. I wonder if they weighed in with their friends, listening to the pros and cons of following Someone and something so different than they had ever known. I wonder if they made a list of pros and cons. I wonder if they fretted. They had heard the prophesies and promises. They had to wonder if all the hype could deliver.
But when, one by one, by full leaps and faltering steps to the edge, they made their jumps, then came the thrill.
The thrill of a decision made. A path forged.
And, oh, the significance of what they chose.
So much bigger that a computer or a building or a job or career change or purchase or school.
So much bigger.
The only real Big Thing in this life. To lead us to the next.
To choose the New.
The New that He makes.