Choices

Good choices lead to positive change. It’s been noted that an adult makes an average of approximately 35,000 decisions each day. Some will be critical decisions, while others will seem harmless. Will we bat a thousand in our decision-making skills? Of course not. But we do need to have some success with the important ones.

This is why we must pray diligently for wisdom and discernment. Each day we will encounter a certain amount of people, places, and things – some of which we need to avoid. The trick is distinguishing the positive situations from the negative…before it’s too late. The first three verses of the very first Psalm addresses this in part:

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.
 (Psalm 1:1-3)

Our choices define us as Christians. And some of these decisions are indeed difficult. The tension that exists between isolation and infiltration is real, and is one that we consistently face. How can we positively affect the world if we are separated from it? Conversely, how do we maintain our integrity and character if we spend too much time assimilating mainstream thoughts and ideas into our Christian context?

Certainly there are no easy answers. What I might suggest is that we focus on influencing the secular world while not allowing ourselves to be influenced by it. The bottom line is this: we are responsible for the choices we make, knowing full well there is a right way to live our lives and a wrong way. Regardless of the “who,” “what,” and “where” that we encounter, we must always strive to include God’s will each day – before, during, and after each decision.

In His Name,

-Matt

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