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Every Friday I join a community of bloggers for Five Minute Friday. One word prompt, five minutes. Unedited. The prompt this week is … Impulse.

Impulse – my first reaction was negative – being impulsive … doing things suddenly or without thinking.

Many wrong decisions can be the result of impulse – a wrong purchase, a rash word spoken in haste, entering a relationship, quitting a job.

Taking the time to think more deeply on it, I realized impulses come from being influenced by a feeling or outside pressure.

What if our impulses were to be influenced by a pressure both outside and inside of our beings?

What if our impulses were molded by reading Scripture daily and then prompted by the Holy Spirit at work in us?

The Israelites came to mind as an example. They brought their free will offerings freely, impulsively, often giving more than was needed.

If our impulses were influenced by God, we would be a people who were generous, kind, gentle, loving, and wise. We would be the lights in this darkened world.

As I typed these words, the lyrics to an old hymn come to mind and I find myself humming along. They are my prayer this morning:

“Take my hands and let them move
at the impulse of thy love.”


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