“Ordinary time” is the church time when ‘nothing special is going on.’ The holidays are over and everything is ‘back to normal.’ But what is ‘normal?’
God’s actions are uncovered at every moment in our lives. Many people believe that God doesn’t necessarily have a plan for how everything will work out. Things aren’t decided ahead of time. The cycles of life circle around, we make choices and within all of that, God is always nudging us to choose well. Our choices determine ‘more life’ or ‘less life’ for us, and for the earth and whomever our choices affect. Then, God reveals the next possibilities resulting from those choices.
There is a line in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) that I love. “Today, I set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life, so that you and your descendants may live...” (Deuteronomy 30: 19) This can be taken both as symbolic of life’s fullness and literally. We know that millions of species of insects, plants, and animals do depend upon our making choices that ensure life for them. Our decisions and our policies as a nation affect all of our brothers and sisters around the planet. Our choices around energy, ‘going green,’ lifestyles and even the food we eat influence the rate at which global warming increases or decreases.
We know that our choices help determine “fullness of life” for ourselves and others. We can decide to take good care of ourselves mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Do we rest, play, and work in ways that contribute to a sense of goodness and satisfaction for us and our relationships? The choices we make always have the power to result in more or less fullness of life for ourselves and others.
We could picture every moment as alive with expectation, waiting for what we choose. God’s spirit is in all these options, guiding us to the next best thing. Each choice opens up new possibilities for less life or more life and that is one of the major ways that God works through the world.
Of course, that’s not the only way. God’s Spirit of life is alive in creation, growing, evolving, recycling, and creating life in all its forms. Our daily lives and our choices impact and contribute to helping the world experience more life all the time. Keep choosing well! God’s Spirit creates life through you!