Defining Moments

By Jason Curlee – Making Difference Makers

“It was the best of times and the worst of times” is a popular quote from Charles Dickens book, The Tale of Two Cities. That quote is quite the paradox and it also sometimes defines our lives. Our lives are filled with defining moments and it is how we allow them to shape us that will determine whether we will live a life of true destiny.

I can still remember growing up in the small town of Edna. My parents went to this small church there that created a lot of defining moments for my life. I can truly say in retrospect that for my family it was a bit like the best and worst of times. They were living a life for God and then there was me.

At around the age of 14 I made a decision that would be a defining moment in my life. I told my parents that I was no longer going to church and I didn’t. I chose to live a life satisfying only myself. And it was that choice that would set into motion decisions that filled my life with habits that I would spend many years trying to break.

It wasn’t until I was 25 years old that I made another defining choice in my life. That was the choice to allow God to rescue me from an ordinary life. And rescue me He did. Since then God has allowed me to realize the destiny He created for me. In many ways He has restored many of the worst of times and has created a future filled with blessings.

One thing you can do to not allow the worst of times to define your life is to rely on Scripture to define your moments. Romans 12:1-2 from the Message Bible says, “So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”

Today you need to begin to but your whole life before God and then begin to embrace the things God is doing in your life. When you fix the whole of your attention on Him, He will change you. His word will transform your mind so that in every defining moment you will begin to see how God is working in your life.

Begin today to close the door on those habits and choices that will take you from God and put your life in His hands. Let God’s defining moments shape the awesome future He has for you.

Jason Curlee is one of the Sr. Leadership Team Pastors at Journey Church in Corpus Christi, TX.

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