Oh, I don’t care … Where do you want to eat?
Oh it doesn’t matter to me -just pick a place.
OK…how about Joe’s Crab Shack?
Oh no not there, I can’t eat seafood!
OK well then where…?
Oh just pick somewhere, it really doesn’t matter to me, I’m easy.
OK… how about Cool Greens?
Oh no, I’m not one for salad, or sandwiches, but I’ll pretty much eat anything else – just pick a place.
Does this scenario have your name written all over it? Obviously, having trouble picking a restaurant after church on Sunday, may not alter your life (unless you’re with your spouse) however, there are certainly decisions we make daily that can. Let’s face it some choices are just plain hard.
I would guess you’ve made a decision or two which didn’t work out the way you intended. You may have even made a decision, or two, which absolutely altered your entire life (for the good and bad).
Think about the toughest decision you’ve ever faced? How did you decide what to choose?
I mean think about it…which methodology should you rely on when choosing:
- the love of your life
- to reach out to the hurting
- to BE a Parent (not to just ‘have’ a kid)
- to hop on a particular career path
- to sign on the dotted line
- to tell the truth
- to live this kind of lifestyle
- to care even when it hurts
- to let your guard down
- to move the family
- to forgive
- to believe in this God, or believe in nothing at all
Some folks rely on just following their gut (feelings). Some rely on the opinion of friends. I’ve heard stories about people using Ouija boards, Tarot cards, and astrology charts. There have been a couple of instances where a decision is made by flipping a coin. No matter which system of choice you choose, choice happens, even when you choose not to choose anything at all. So on one of those days ahead when you must choose –which method of choice will you rely on to settle the decisions that settle your life?
“On one of those days… Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated Apostles” (Luke 6:12-13).
This scripture is just one example of the many decisions Jesus of Nazareth faced daily, which not only altered his life here on Earth, but choices which changed your life and mine for eternity. The decision regarding who he will entrust the gospel, and the entire future of the Christian church, doesn’t get much bigger. Yet, in all of these life altering moments he knows exactly who to turn to for good guidance. He finds a secluded place and he prays for direction from the one and only omniscient God!
Got a big decision to make today (don’t we all)? What will you do?
May I suggest you wisely follow the example of the only person to ever get it all right, all the time?
Start with “Choosing” a quiet place, then prayerfully seek advice from the Creator of the Universe.
We certainly won’t get it right all the time, but seeking advice from the Lord, through prayer, is never the wrong decision.
“Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5 HCSB)
Choose Godly wisdom today.
Then, this Sunday when the topic of food comes up, and another argument breaks out over paper, rock, and scissors – just stop … take it to your Heavenly Father, after all, Scripture says (unlike some people) He doesn’t criticize.