Is it a Moment or a Movement?
Written by Pastor Dallas Banks
There are 86,400 seconds that make up a day; 1,440 minutes or 24 hours. It’s all the same amount of time, but have you ever thought about how many moments you have in a day? Whether it’s observing a funny meme, having lunch with a loved one, getting unsettling news, or worshipping along with Dante Bowe in our car, our day is full of them. Nobel Prize-winning scientist Daniel Kahneman suggests that each day we experience approximately 20,000 moments. He describes that every few seconds our brain records a moment, some positive, some negative, and some neutral.
My question is where does my brain record all 20,000 of those moments? While there are moments in my life that help mold me into the person I am today, there are others that happened “one-time back-when.”
Every moment in life becomes one of two things: It either becomes a Memory or a Movement.
Memories serve a purpose. We learn from memories, we preserve memories, and we recover memories. This is great for gaining knowledge and information. Though something I see much too often are people that live in their memories. They hold on to something good that happened to them one time, or a moment they shared in the presence of God that we like to hold onto. The difference between a memory and a movement is that a memory is a moment that keeps us in the past, but a movement changes us and pushes us forward.
2 Corinthians 3:18 NKJV
“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
Some translations say, “being transformed from glory to glory.” That means we don’t have to hold on to memories of His goodness, but instead hold on to the promise that we go from Glory-to-Glory. If it was good in the past it’s only getting better. I love having moments with God, but I never want it to just be a moment. I want it to encourage me to be better and to stir up a hunger for more.
If you’ve made it this far in the blog, then you have officially recorded this as one of your 20,000 moments for the day. Now it is up to you. Will you let this just be something read from an Impact University alumni, or will you take this moment and allow it to encourage you to look for the moments that can become movements?
Life gets so busy. Don’t be afraid to live in every moment and let the right moments become movements.