Proverbs 7:6-9 depicts a scene of a wise elder looking out a window:
6 While I was at the window of my house, looking through the curtain, 7 I saw some naive young men, and one in particular who lacked common sense. 8 He was crossing the street near the house of an immoral woman, strolling down the path by her house. 9 It was at twilight, in the evening, as deep darkness fell.
The bell that rang in my ear recently was that positioning is vital.
You needn’t be a genius to guess that the verses that follow the section above describe the young man’s fall into the arms of the adulterous. The man is later portrayed as an ox going to its slaughter, an animal whose heart is pierced.
He chose his positioning, “little knowing that it would cost him his life”.
And the first step to his loss was that… poor positioning.
There’s a bunch of stuff each day that we cannot control, but we are always in charge of how we position ourselves: Within our relationships, within our schedules, within our consumption (entertainment, diets, information), within our possessions and wealth, and more.
Football coaches frequently talk about the fact that their jobs are simple: It’s to put their players in a position to “make plays”. A coach that does less than that is coaching irresponsibly.
I was moved recently by the realization that my duty is much the same.
I am to make my choices and choose my steps towards an end that my life might be used in the “making of some plays”.
That much is firmly in my hands.