Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Water Cooler Logic


This is my home water cooler.

I like it a lot.

There are three different temperatures of water to be had, a small refrigerator section under the water dispensing area, and a cool blue light that comes on when the room is dark enough, so I can get my water at night without exposing my tired eyes to harsh white light. 

We've had it in the house for about five years now, so I'm pretty familiar with its function… which is the reason why what I did this morning is so funny.

See how there are three buttons for water - hot (red), room temp (white), and cold (blue)?  See how the dispensing spigot is right in the middle?

Well, I wanted some cold water this morning, so I grabbed a cup and put it on the shelf - under the cold-water button - and pushed.

It wasn't until my foot got wet that I actually looked at what I was doing.  You see I've done it so many times its like second nature to me.  There was no reason for me to think that I would make a mistake this time.  I knew what I was doing.

So, what went wrong?

With my busy day ahead, I was not only multi-tasking things on my to-do list, but I was juggling a few things in my brain, as well.  When your mind isn’t quite on what you’re doing, sometimes you end up with a wet foot.

Why is this important?

Because it illustrates how important it is for me to not depend on my own knowledge.  No matter how much information I’ve been gifted with, there is always room for error.  Details get mixed up, forgotten completely, or colored by my own personal biases.  Mood, health, and busyness can all play a factor in how well that information is retrieved or applied.

What’s a girl to do?

Get out the instruction manual, of course!

When I flip to Proverbs chapter 3, I find this helpful information:

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.  (NIV)

That seems pretty straightforward and, oddly enough, it works.

When I talk to God about the things I need to do, to remember, or to work through, the Holy Spirit always guides me in the best direction, brings to mind any forgotten thoughts, or helps determine if decisions I make are good or not so good.

Every day I am learning to rely more and more on the voice of God.  I enjoy the ease of thinking with Him.  Everyone knows two heads are better than one, and when one of them is omniscient (all knowing) how can you go wrong?

My goal is to work smarter, not harder.  The longer I live, the more difficult I find it to process all the information that is gathering in my brain or to try to function without information I need.

Choosing to trust the Lord’s voice and not my own understanding of things – in all things – is definitely helping me to walk straighter paths.  When I don’t, well… my feet get wet.

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