So as I sit at my keyboard to write this blog, I am having to make decisions about what I will write and how I will express myself and if what I write is what I feel is the right thing to put down in words. Decisions…..every day we are faced with them, some of them are fairly little like my decisions above, others can be fairly major and life altering. Each day we make decisions on what we will wear, how we will style our hair, what route we will drive to work, what we are going to eat – all little things that add up to a huge, full day of expending decision-making brain cells! But what about the big stuff, the really important things that matter? Surely they deserve more thought, consideration and planning than what colour lipstick we will wear today. Yet a lot of us ‘fall’ into poor decisions because we don’t take the time to stop and weigh up how this might really affect our life, we don’t allow ourselves to pray or look for God’s guidance in our life and we don’t guard our heart, which leads to some pretty average decision making skills.
On the weekend at Coastside Church my husband Mark preached on the topic of ‘Decisions’ and I’ve got to say, it was pretty awesome information and principles. He used the Bible verse in Deuteronomy 30:19 which says –“This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessings and cursing's. Now choose life so that you and your children may live”.
When I was a teenager in the 80s, there was a trend at the time to wear big, oversized white t-shirts with the words ‘Choose Life’ emblazoned across the front of them. Now I don’t know where band Wham or lead singer George Michael got their inspiration from but, boy, there’s a lot of truth in that statement. Choose life. Choose things that will bring health to your life in the areas of physical, emotional, sexual and especially, spirituality. So in other words, stop making the poor decisions that are screwing your life up, your relationships up or your family up. And family is a really big deal. And in church world it’s an even bigger deal because you not only have your blood family but you have your God family as well. The last line of that Bible verse implores us to choose life so that not only we get it right but that our children benefit from those great decisions and are not destroyed or disgraced by them.
Some of you may recall a television campaign a few years back that was advertising the damage that we as adults could do to our children in the every day choices we made. It showed a mum smoking with her child walking a few steps behind her smoking as well. It showed a man beating and verballing abusing his wife with his son standing next to him doing the exact behaviour. Unfortunately that TV commercial was removed because it offended a sensitive minority (pfft!), but the truth is undeniable – the decisions we make are replicating and resonating down through the generations. Today I implore you to stop and think about all these decisions that you make during the day. Some are just little, insignificant ones that don’t really matter in the whole scheme of things, but others can actually affect your future and the future of your children, and if you are in church, your spiritual children.
Choose life. Make decisions that are pure and strong and uplifting and life-giving. Make decisions that put God, your family and your God-family first. If you’re looking for one Bible verse to guide you this year, then this one in Deuteronomy 30:19 is the one for you. Choose life and by doing so you set yourself up for a fantastic future! Let’s do this!
Love you all,