2015-04-14 - Small Decisions
It has been said that people's lives have been changed, simply by which bus they decide to take. It's like that every day. Every day, we all make decisions, most of which we don't think are life-altering. But every decision that we make, is like a domino, and they all work in tandem to make up our lives and our futures. Not only do they affect our own lives, but those of others, too.
One recent wonderful example: A man decided to take a different route to church, and "happened" to pass by a wreck. Because he was there, he was able to save a child's life! Now in that case, undoubtedly the decision had been guided by the Holy Spirit. Small decision, life-altering consequence.
Conversely, a man, woman or juvenile might decide to commit what they consider a small crime, but misdemeanors often lead to felonies, and ever-increasing danger for both the perpetrator and the victims. Seemingly small decisions, big consequences.
When it comes to nurturing our faith, it may seem like a small decision to "play hooky" and stay home from church, or miss a day of studying the Bible. And we are not to be legalistic about it; in fact, Jesus fought against legalism, and our faith habits should be borne of obedience and love, not legalism. But the word of God is clear, on the fact that we should be worshipping and serving in a local church. If we don't, without hearing the word preached regularly, and without the support of our church family, our faith can atrophy. We can grow apart from God and the people in our lives - and God's word will have less and less effect on our lives. Seemingly small decisions, big consequences.
As Christians, every conscious decision that we intentionally make, should be under the guidance of God, and we should pray that He direct those that we don't even think about, when we make them, the decisions that come naturally to us. Everything we do, say and think should be lined up with God's will, and to the furtherance of His Kingdom. Only with His assistance, can we do this. After all, God has promised to give us all the answers that we need.
James 1:5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
Janice P. Moser
All scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.