Purposefully Living

Motivational Message

Issue 21
Week of March 3-7, 2003


This is It!
By Audrina Jones Bunton

It was a beautiful spring Sunday morning, as my family and I journeyed to our weekly Sunday School. Five minutes into the ride, my husband brings the car to an unexpected halt. Startlingly, I look up from reading, and much to my surprise, I see a house sitting in the middle of the street. Yes, a house in the middle of a two-lane street, blocking traffic both ways. Apparently, this house had been taken from it's foundation and was being relocated.

We sat there looking, as automobile after automobile turned back around to go back in the opposite direction. Minutes passed, and my initial thought was, “We should have turned around immediately and taken an alternate route to surpass the house at the light.” But still, we sat.

Inch by inch, the house was moved and minute by minute time moved. As we sat watching and waiting, I impatiently thought of ways to get around this house. But there was no way -- at least by car. Anxiously, I sat wondering what to do. Wondering, if we should chance it, by turning around, taking the alternate route, and beating the house to the light. Wondering if we should just wait to see if the movers would pick up speed and move the house at a greater pace. Inch by inch -- minute by minute -- getting nowhere fast.

Realizing that time was moving on, but we were not; a decision had to be made. We could either sit, watch, and wait, or we could find another way. The decision -- we had to find another way. “This is it,” I said, “let's turn around and go the alternate route.” With mutual agreement, my husband turned the car around and our journey began again . I wondered if we had made the right decision. I wondered if we should have sat and waited. I wondered if we would actually intercept the house by beating it to the light.

Hastily approaching the light, we noticed an officer directing traffic. My immediate thought was that the movers had beat us to the punch, but seeing him motion us to continue moving, rejoicing I shouted “Yes, we made it!” We had indeed made the right decision by choosing an alternate route. Happily, we continued our journey as the house became a thing of our distant past, literally.

We could have sat and waited, allowing the house, as an obstacle, to defer our journey -- but in the moment of decision, we analyzed the situation, realized that things were not going as we liked -- and did something about it.

In your moment of decision today, what is the obstacle that stands in the way of your journey? You can allow that obstacle, that thing, that person to block your purpose, to block your road to your journey of fulfillment -- or you can do something about it. Will you impatiently and anxiously continue to sit and wait to see what happens, or will you make the choice to do something to better your situation. What decision will you make today and what actions must you take?

Proclaim: This is it! I will analyze my situation, make the plans to make it better, and began to move in the right direction NOW!!

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Think About It!!
"Alice came to a fork in the road. 'Which road do I take?' she asked. 'Where do you want to go?', responded the Cheshire cat. 'I don't know.' Alice answered. 'Then,' said the cat, 'it doesn't matter.' -- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll


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