Choosing is the toughest thing for me to do. Do you feel that way? If I'm at a restaurant that I've never been to, I don't just glance at the menu to pick a meal. I normally spend 5-10 minutes peering over the pages, and when the waitress returns for the second or third time, I choose. I walked into the Atrium YMCA the other day, and they have like 10, or 15 treadmills, and I have to look them over before I choose which one, not to see if they work, but picking the one I like, even though they're all identical. Now I don't pray before I choose a meal or a treadmill, nor do I call a wise mentor or relative to ask what I should eat, or should I exercise to the left or the right of the room. I eventually pick and do. I don't get frustrated over small decisions, but I sometimes question myself as to what was so difficult about something so petty? My ability to choose anything today, is reflective of my rash, knee-jerk deciding past. Many decisions I made as a young adult, or through my years of living outside of grace, as an alcoholic, were painful enough to cause me to make even the smallest decisions with cautious care. Anything major, is prayed about, and discussed with people I deem as wise.
"Refuse good advice and watch your plans fail, take good counsel and watch them succeed. "
I do realize that sometimes the person I deem as wise has no knowledge of what I may be deciding. But I still hear what they have to say. Where you and I make the mistakes of life is by thinking we can figure it out without help, just too full ourselves, you know the word, prideful. Or taking the "its my business" attitude. We also make the mistake of hearing good advice, but disregarding it. Don't be a dope, ponder carefully the advice before you leap into action. History is full of those who had good counsel but continued on and failed miserably. If you are looking at a major purchase, a home, a new car, or making a career move, talk to someone, or maybe several before making the decision. Above all pray. Ask God for direction, ask Him to put people in your path that have the wisdom in helping you decide. You probably won't hear a thundering booming voice, but if you are serious in your petition to Him, it is wonderfully strange how people just appear that have the understanding of how to help.
"I call Heaven and Earth to record against you today: i place before you life and death, blessing and cursing. Choose life that you and your children will live." Deut.30:19 (MSG)
"If you decide that it's a bad thing to serve to worship God, then choose a god you'd rather serve-and do it today. As for me and my family, we will worship God." Josh.22:15 (MSG)
Life is choices. We have hundreds of decisions we make daily, most from habit, and we don't even realize there was a decision made. There are decisions that are permanent, and affect everything and everyone in your life. Some are not. If you have the terrible habit of not bending, a person of principle, make sure your principles are not eternal-life effecting. Why? Because you have influence. Wouldn't you rather know what your personal standards and beliefs are solid, true, researched facts...researched personally by you? Your beliefs will more than likely be adopted by your children, and those close to you. Example: If your opinion is that the Bible is mere stories, there's probably nothing to it, and it turns out your right, it is of no consequence. But if you're wrong, its of the greatest of consequences. You're influence may be the key to your children's eternal destiny. Are you good with that? Choose wisely, ask God, get advice from those you deem to be spiritual, then make your eternal choice. I pray you choose Him. Thanks for choosing to read this today, God bless and keep you all, Keith.