Defining Moments

Defining Moments:  life changing events, “aha moments”, epiphanies, things that change us

 I’ve been to the mountain top. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it”. Charles Swindoll

 There are no mistakes – only lessons. Robin Sharma

    We can look back, revisit and remember moments in life that specifically defined and made us into who we are today. Who or where would we be if we had not had these experiences?  How would we be different?

   We can recall moments in life that had serious and life-changing impacts on us. Circumstances and events took place that resulted in looking at life in new ways; where things happened that forced us to make changes in how we lived; or perhaps even literally turned our lives upside down. Defining moments are those events we can look back to and realize that significant and dramatic changes took place; changing our lives forever.

   A defining moment could be a near death experience, where we almost lost our life due to an accident, a serious health issue, or some other life threatening event. It could be caused by the death of a loved one or friend. These moments can be caused by something someone said, something we read, or even by a realization of something that suddenly appears in our heads. A birth of a child, a spiritual experience or an accomplishment: many things can be defining moments. They can occur at any time and for any reason.

   Something happens; as a result, we are never the same. The experience makes permanent change. We can never be as we were. The event gives us new insights, knowledge and wisdom. It results in viewing and experiencing life in new ways. Regrettably such experiences are not always positive. Some people have defining moments that results in their lives taking a turn in harmful and undesirable directions.

   Some defining moments of historical significance would be the Boston Tea Party, the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Rosa Parks not going to the back of the bus, and the 911 attack on the World Trade Center.  These events changed our world. Things would never be the same after their occurrence.

   We should be on the lookout and sensitive to defining moments; having our eyes, ears, hearts and minds opened to all that goes on around us. We should use our brains and learn from both our mistakes as well as our victories. There are important and life changing events always occurring. We should be proactively engaged and willing to learn and experience from all that happens. Defining moments are part of our life’s journey.

 Challenge: Do you look at your life as a work in progress? Believe it or not you are constantly changing. You may not be as actively involved in the process as you should or could be. It is a good idea to be more sensitive to things that are occurring. They are impacting your life and changing you. Savor the moments, digest the experiences and allow your senses to be fully aware of the significance of these special moments as they occur.  

  Wisdom: When a defining moment comes along, you can do one of two things. Define the moment, or let the moment define you.  Tin Cup, the Movie

Spiritual: (NIV)

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6

 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Ps 32:8

 To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness. Ecclesiastes 2:26

 Our lives are like a piece of clay on a potter’s wheel. The more we work and shape it, the more we can affect and mold our lives along the ways we want them to be. If we are not actively involved in the process, our piece of clay, our lives, are at the mercy of whatever happens. If we allow God to place his hands upon our hands and help us shape our piece of clay, the end result will be so much better than what we could ever do on our own.

 Prayer: You are the potter and I am the clay. Mold me and make may the way I should be.                                         

 

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