It just takes one person.

It just takes one person. One person. To make a choice and stand on it. That one choice can affect you for the rest of your life. Not only you. It can affect everybody around you, those you love and those you want to be with and be happy with, and everybody around the other person, from the smallest child to the oldest adult.

 It can change your life.

 It can take you to places you don’t want to go. It can cause you to make decisions you don’t want to make. It can take you away from people you need to be with and put you with people you don’t want to spend time around.

It just takes one person.

This is why I’ve had a hard time with Christianity. At least, the kind of Christianity that some people believe in, and I seem to have been around a lot of these kinds of people. God has a plan for your life, they say. God is in control.

 It just takes one person—even when you know you are in the plan of God—to make a choice, a decision, to commit a selfish act—and you are out of the plan of God. And there’s not a thing you can do about it. And what can God do? We are his feet and hands and mouth in the world. And we can destroy his people and his plans. It just takes one person.

You’re not looking at the big picture, you say. You have to look at this over time. I ask, What kind of life is it when you struggle for forty years and you don’t find a way back into that right plan and you don’t fit in anywhere?

 I just can’t picture a big God sitting on a cloud moving the lives of billions of people at one time, like chess pieces, trying to get each one out of the way of that one person that will stand in the way of his plan.

 There’s free will in life. Christian or not, we make our own choices, we mess things up for ourselves, we mess things up for others, and there are second chances. There are lots of plans. I can picture that kind of God.

 It just takes one person. One person. To make a choice and stand on it. To stand in the road of your life and block it. And there’s nothing you can do.

And so, you take the fork, you take another way because you have to, you mourn your old path and the people you knew and the plan you were in, and you go on.