As a system administrator and a computer geek at heart, I am aware that most programs have defaults.
Defaults are preselected options adopted by a computer program or specified by a programmer or user. A few examples would include a program’s color scheme, or the pages that open every time you open your internet browser.
Were you aware that you have your own defaults?
Recently, I saw a t-shirt that said, “Default : Gratitude.” What a brilliant idea! I immediately thought of the person wearing the shirt as having a quality of being thankful or ready to show appreciation or kindness.
What is your default? Better yet, what would others say your default is?
Is your default gratitude? Is it joy? Are you the one people can always count on for helping someone in need? (Compassion)
There are many great defaults. Can you name a few?
There are also defaults that… well, aren’t so great (in my opinion.)
Perhaps you default to worrying all the time. Or maybe you’re known as the office, church, or neighborhood gossip. Think about Facebook… we all have friends that use Facebook to share their problems (instead of face their problems… ouch!) And the Facebook complainer who always complains about politics, kids, work, or politics.
If your not sure what your default is, think about the last time when you were really tired or stressed. A lot of times, your default will reveal itself at those weak moments.
Ask God to reveal your default for you. Psalms 139:23 says, “Search me, O God and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.”
Romans 12:12 gives hope to the person struggling with a not-so-good default. Romans 12:12 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing, and perfect will.”
Like most programs on my computer, I can reset the settings to the default. Do you need a reset yourself? Access the system configuration of your life or ask someone for help. You don’t have to do this alone.
I wonder. Does your default determine your legacy? A legacy can be defined as something handed down from one generation to the next. A company’s president, retiring, might leave a legacy of honesty and integrity. It’s what people remember you for after all is said and done.
So I ask, “What is your default?“