Let me offer another definition for the term. A split second is that flash of time when you have a choice between right and wrong.
Someone offends you. In a split second, you can decide to fight back, or you can decide to let it go. Someone needs a helping hand. In a split second, you decide whether or not to help. A co-worker complains about another co-worker. In a split second you decide to participate, piling on criticism. Or, you decide to stay out of it, or perhaps even defend the person. And the classic: a driver in front of you, on her cell phone, oblivious, cuts within three feet of your front bumper, no signal, no nothing. You decide to become enraged and use the universal hand gesture for bad drivers. Or, you decide to let it roll off.
We've convinced ourselves that we "have a temper." We believe that we are addicted to alcohol, drugs, lust, spending or anger. We can't help it. It's simply the way we are.
The truth is that we have the power to choose. Every day, we make hundreds of decisions. There may only be a split second between the time the options are presented and the decision is made. But it's made.
We can choose for good, or we can choose for evil. We can choose for God, or we can choose for ouselves. We can follow His instruction and His will for us. Or we can ignore them. But from the moment of our birth, He gave us the power to choose. You might think that it's impossible to choose good every time; after all we are only human. That's why we have the example of Jesus. He was a man, but chose God's will every time.
So, the next time you are faced with a decision in traffic, at work, at home or anywhere else, remember that you do have a choice. It may seem that you only have a split second to make a decision, but that is illusory. In reality, you can stop, evaluate and then decide.
Decide for good.