I’ve been reading the Chronicles of Narnia again. The books are great fiction. They have stirred a question in me, “What does it mean to choose God?” Or worded another way, “What does it mean to choose to follow God?”
Movies and books so often highlight the choice of the hero. There is this moment where the hero chooses to fight for what is right. There is a moment where the hero chooses to get up off the floor after almost being defeated. There is a moment where the hero’s advisor steps in and gives them the key piece of information they need to win. It looks a little different from story to story, but it all boils down to a single moment.
Life rarely works that way and I think we have deceived ourselves into looking for and waiting for this big “moment” where WE choose to get back up and fight or do what’s right. People, and the church, are loosing their impact because they’re sitting around and waiting for their moment.
Life is not about a single moment. It is about a billion moments. Even if you are one of those rare cases like MLK, Churchill, Wilberforce, or Bonhoeffer, where you are largely remembered for one thing, that one thing still required many, many right choices.
We need to stop waiting for big hero moments and start making the choices God asks us to make in each little moment. Choose to follow God now and keep choosing Him moment by moment. That is how we follow God.