Timpane's picture

When was the most important moment of your life?

It coule be a day, a week, a decision.. but we all have these moments that if they had gone a different way, our lives would be irrevocably changed.

For instance, I almost didn't go to Young Life camp in 1991 up at lake Saranac, but I did. While there, I met my future wife, became a Christian, and the day I came back I stayed at Sam's house and he introduced me to why Star Trek The Next generation was so good (he had taped the one where Yar's daughter comes back and showed me).

had I not gone to camp, I probably would not be here talking about religion, my wife, or Star Trek.

I might have been able to predict the Christian thing, I was going to a Young Life camp. But how could I have known I'd meet my wife there? Yet, I almost didn't go because I didn't want to apologize to my mom during an argument.

There are 3 or 4 other 1 minute to 48 hour timeframes in my life that drastically changed the final results of my life that I know about. What about you?


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Good Question

This is very thought provoking. I have to admit, I'll need to think on it awhile!

Andrea's picture

If I...

If I didn't get the job at the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza (now a doubletree) then I wouldn't have met my now ex-husband. I was working for the tourist bureau of Montgomery County and I liked it and wasn't really looking. I met someone that told me they were looking. I interviewed and whamo. Was hired within 45 minutes of interviewing. Brian worked as a waiter in the restaurant in the lobby. Within a few weeks we were dating and 9 months later, married. Even though we are not married now, if it wasn't for us, I wouldn't have Genna. The first love of my love.

I believe that things happen for a reason. People come into your lives, not by accident, but for a purpose. Whether you become life long friends or you help them out with directions. You are here for a reason and a purpose.

matthew's picture

The most important moment...

It's really tough to say what's "the most important moment" of my life. Although I don't think things happen for some higher cause, or religious/philosophical "reason", the fact that they happened, just so, causes that particular outcome, and no other.

I can, however, think up a list of "important things" that, had I been elsewhere, or not been paying attention, would have resulted in a drastically different life than I have now. And, all things considered, though the going is rough from time to time, I really wouldn't want to change these things if I could:

  • Deciding to go to a dance on December 10th, 1992. There I met Christy, the love of my life. At the time, I didn't think much about it, because not a lot happened, other than that I got a few phone numbers, got ditched by the girl I went to the dance with, and had some fun.
  • My decision in July of 1990 at 17 to be a full-on Mormon, followed by my decision to go on a mission at 19. If it weren't for those, I wouldn't have become jaded by the pragmatic politics behind most "spiritual" decisions in various religions, and I'd probably not have eventually de-converted at 29 (August of 2002), which has made me a much happier and positive human being. Although it's been a difficult process all along, it's a part of me that I value for the experience and understanding I gained.
  • My decision to pitch myself as a UNIX admin for an interview eight years ago; though my UNIX experience was quite small at the time, it was enough to land me a career in a field in which I'm now quite accomplished.

There are too many to list; I've run out of ideas for the moment. Ultimately, a human being is the sum of its experiences. We make decisions based entirely on what we have known through our five senses.

It's kind of an interesting philosophy I've been exploring lately. That everything around us, from the smallest to the largest, whether energy or matter, contains at least one very important thing: information. About itself, or in the case of computer storage and human or animal brains, about other things. Everywhere you look, there's information. It's eternal, unending, and even in violent transformations, such as explosions, still yields more information.

We convert that information to words as we explain it to one another. We educate one another with it; with every word spoken within earshot of another, or written down and distributed, we've enriched their store of information in their brains... translated that pure, eternal knowledge into something we can give to someone else. If some ancient Hebrews thought of God as information, it might give an entirely new meaning to "In the beginning was God, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."

Sorry for the off-topic rambling, just something I was thinking about this morning :)

Matthew P. Barnson

Matthew P. Barnson

most important moment

saw your note on becoming a christian via Young Life... does it still make a difference in your life?

Saw your bush / kerry quandary and wanted to know if you allow your faith to drive your life?