This little gem is from Parker Palmer’s book Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation. It is a great thought for the beginning of this new year.
I had missed the deep meaning of a biblical teaching that I had always regarded as a no-brainer: “I set before you life or death, blessing or curse. Therefore, choose life.” (Deuteronomy 30:19) Why I wondered, would God waste precious breath on saying something so obvious? I had failed to understand the perverse comfort we sometimes get from choosing death in life, exempting ourselves from the challenge of using our gifts of living our lives in authentic relationship with others.
What a great challenge to me, and maybe you too, to engage whole-heartedly our calling and giftedness.