“It can be really offputting when you lose your way somehow.”
– Winnie the Pooh
I love Winnie the Pooh. Amazing quotes and it always tugs at my heart.
But the truth is, nobody just, “loses their way somehow.”
We lose our way when:
- We take our eyes off the road.
- We leave the map or the GPS at home.
- We don’t watch where we are going.
- We don’t pay attention to where we’ve been.
- We IGNORE the warning signs (this is a biggie, hence the call caps).
- We IGNORE the instructions or advice of others more Godly and wise (advice of the ignorant just causes us to lose our way faster).
- We turn our back on Jesus. Whether for a day or for a lifetime.
In each of those cases, we made a decision. And decisions are tricky things, even small ones. Because of this truth:
We make our decisions. And then our decisions make us.
What decisions have you made lately?
I’ve made a lot of unwise decisions, but I remember the summer after 10th grade I made three critical decisions, and one was an absolute home run. Here they are:
Decision #1. I was going be full on for Jesus. I had an older BMOC (big man on campus) football player who influenced me. Somewhere in the previous couple of years, he had decided to go, “full on” for Jesus. We were on a church trip and he challenged me to take my life of following Jesus seriously – and while I had been a Christian since I was 10, gone to church every Sunday, I wasn’t “full on.” I loved Jesus. He saved me. But I was still holding back.
So I made a decision. I was going full on, whatever that meant, as Jesus revealed it.
Decision #2 – I’d hit the church whenever it was open.
Up to that point, I went to the activities that were fun or that I had to go to. But I decided that from now on, if God was putting something on I wasn’t going to miss it.
Today? I hate to miss. And I love to go to other churches when on vacation if I can. And I always go with great anticipation – what if God has a message just for me today? How could I miss? That would just be crazy!
I’ve done that 40 years. And He has spoken to me again and again and again and again. And I’ve never, ever regretted going to church. Ever.
Decision #3 – this was the HOME RUN for me. I decided I would not go to bed until I read my Bible for 30 minutes.
Now understand – I didn’t have a Bible app with 2000 reading plans to make it easier. I didn’t have the Bible on a computer. In fact, all I had was a King James New Testament that my buddy gave me. Have you tried reading King James English lately? It’s hard to understand!
But that’s what I read.
I’d come in from a date, or being out late at a church event, or a football game, or hanging out with friends – and I’d sit down in my rocking chair in my bedroom – and I’d read. Sometimes I’d doze off while I was reading. Sometimes I didn’t really comprehend all that I was reading.
But as a high school boy, I sat down with the anticipation and expectation (what great words!) that the God of all creation had great and wonderful things to say to me.
And He did.
And He’ll do the same for you.
I made a simple decision. And God used that decision to change me. He put me on a path that altered forever the way the way I’d live my life. And He made me into a much better man than I would EVER be otherwise.
You make your decisions, and your decisions make you.
“I’ve made some horrible decisions David!”
Me too! But alas, my time machine is broken. So we cannot go and change decisions in the past. BUT…you can start making good decisions today. And God will use them to change your tomorrow.
The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning. Lamentations 3:22-23
What decisions are you making? Today? Right now? It’s a new day – get on with it!
Your decisions give you some wonderful power! Every decision is making you into something. Make sure that, “something” is something that you want to be.
Amen and amen!
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