Monday, February 3, 2014

Monday's Quote: Choice-Points

I've been reading What Did You Expect?  by Paul David Tripp, and I came across this paragraph:
I don't know if you have thought about this, but your life is shaped by choice-points.  No, I'm not talking about those huge moments of epic decisions that we all know change our lives in some way.  I'm talking about the thousands of little decisions in mundane moments of daily life that almost go unnoticed but are actually what shape and direct our lives.  You see, the quality and character of a marriage isn't set in two or three grand moments of choice.  You make only three or four big decisions in your entire life.  No, the character of a marriage is formed in thousands of little moments of saying yes to one thing and no to another.  It is the character developed in little moments that you carry into those big moments of decision.  (p. 115)
Tripp is writing about how little decisions affect our marriages, but I think you can apply the same principle to all relationships.  It's the little things that matter because there are so many of them.  Of course, the big ones are important, but there are so few of those.  Our lives really are colored by the myriad of little decisions we make:  whether to wash the dishes or check email; whether to read to the children or turn on the television; whether to write an encouraging note or read a book.  And God is honored when we make the right decisions even when they seem little.

What do you think?  Have you thought about how the "little" things are actually so important?

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