Decisions, Decisions

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Matthew 5:14-16  “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven. “The Message

 

I opened my eyes this morning, looked at the beautiful sunshine rushing through my windows and shut the alarm off.  Just in those 30 seconds of time, I made decisions.  Within a couple seconds I had decided to open my eyes, look at the windows, turn off the alarm and jump out of bed.  My next decision will be what to wear, when to let the dog out, what to do first.

You just don’t stop and think about it, in the busy lives we’re living, but decision-making is what we do.  And we do it all the time.

Studies show that an average person makes 35,000 decisions a day, and 226.7 of those are just related to what we will eat.

Every day, when I relate to people, I have a decision to make.  My decision will be how I respond to them.

Will I answer that email promptly, the text message quickly, the facebook request in a timely manner, and be courteous, respectful, and helpful?

Will I respond to my daughter at 11:00 p.m. at night to help her find a missing book?

Will I call the friend who is sick and hurting and offer to pray with her?

Or will I turn the other direction when I see that certain someone who has offended me?

Every day we have seconds to think of our response and every day we are faced with the fact of this simple question:  will I be Christ-like?

People know us; they determine our persona, by our decision-making.

I’m with you, it’s much easier to go with the sinful flesh and just ignore, deny and snub.  But, I don’t like the inner promptings of guilt from the Spirit of God.  And I remember His words to us in scripture that tell us if we know Him; we are to be an example.  We’re to be a light shining in the darkness.

It’s work to make the right decisions.  It takes a mind to really think through what decisions you’re making in that moment, and how you will respond.

My whole life of growing up, I watched my daddy make decisions.  Sometimes it literally drove me nuts because I would make them in quick succession, but not Dad.  He would painstakingly think through, map out, and plan.  Not on the what- to- wears, or what- to -eats, but on the how- to- responds.

He displayed an amazing quality (gift of the Spirit , see I Cor. 12:7-11)of wisdom.  And in order to make decisions that were important, he would say the same thing.

{callout]I’ll get back to you.  I need to pray about it.[/callout]

I learned from those 2 sentences that when I am faced with not knowing how to respond, I pause and pray, “HELP, God!” And within seconds I choose (hopefully something He’s encouraging me to do/say).

What are you choosing today?  What decisions are you making?  Are you making choice, quality decisions that will benefit you and others?  Are you staying on the path that Christ has mapped out for your life?  Or are you hiding your light underneath the words and actions of a sinful nature?

I want to encourage all of us today to take the time, in the moments, in the seconds of decision making, and think of what Christ would want us to say and do.

Let me pray for us:

Dear Jesus, this world can be a tough place to exist.  Every day we are faced with issues and trials that challenge and stretch us.  Every day we have decisions to make, and at times the easiest choice is to go with the selfish one.  Please help us to make decisions that would be Christ-like.  Help us to choose to help, encourage, respect, compliment, promote and cherish others.  And in making the right choices, allow us to shine for You so that others around us will know that You are an amazing Father who loves us and loves them.  We praise You today.  In Jesus name, Amen.