I actually believe the Bible to be true. I take it literally, which means, the meaning the author intended to convey when he originally wrote. If the writer was writing to capture historic events, it is historical. If the writer meant to use a figure of speech, you figure that out to the best of your ability. All that to say, I believe the original creation story. I read this week and pondered for the first time, the time gap between when Eve ate from the tree and Adam was figuring out what to do. Eve was “fallen,” Adam had to choose where his loyalty would lie, Eve or God? He chose Eve. Men have been faced with that same choice down through history and for the most part Eve has been the choice for us as well. Looking back to my previous articles, my mom is a very dominant personality and a huge impactor of my life, like most moms are! You never see an NFL guy after scoring a touchdown say, “Hi dad!”
I shared earlier how I’m discovering I tend to passively disengage from my family. This week as I’m pondering all this, I see that passivity has tenacles that are far reaching in my life. I enjoy someone else taking responsibility for me and my life. I’d rather work for a company than be responsible for my own business. Though I have a million ideas, I’ve never pulled the trigger on any of them. I’d rather someone else make decisions for me that effect my life. Then I can be a critic and spectator but can say, It wasn’t my choice. I can advise my superiors how they could do a better job but when I am in the top position, I tend to freeze up not knowing what to do.
What I’m learning is all of life and life participants are imperfect, including me, but I am called to actively participate in life. I am to engage at all levels. I need to grasp opportunity and responsibility and stop waiting on life to happen to me!
I read recently a line that hit me hard. If life is like a game of checkers, most of us are waiting on God to make His move, but God says, I moved first, its your move!
I will continue to explore how far reaching this passivity is. I know this. Passivity is largely where the “cup half empty” originates. I am waiting for something, some opportunity outside of me to take the responsibility to fill the cup the rest of the way! If I’m waiting on “something or someone” to fill my cup so I’m happy, I’ll never be happy.
That is my cup, I must fill it to the level I desire. How about overflowing?