2007-10-12 - Don't Be a Ham: How to Make Effective Decisions
Decision making is a part of human life, whether we like it or not. When faced with a difficult choice, you can always look to Ham for inspiration and what not to do.
Noah was a farmer and vineyard owner. One day he drank too much and became intoxicated. Perhaps he was too committed into determining the quality of the fruit he planted. Ham, Noah's youngest son, saw his dad's state and need of assistance-and instead of caring for his dad, he told his older brothers about it. Ham did not exhibit very proactive behavior. Perhaps he was timid-or being the youngest, Ham was never in that type of situation before. Regardless of the "whys" behind Ham's decision, it cost him and his son dearly.
Ham didn't think he could handle the situation by himself. He lacked the maturity Shem and Japheth, his older brothers, possessed. The two took control of the situation and tended to their father. When Noah heard about what happened, he cursed Ham's son and blessed Shem and Japheth. Ham failed, and his brothers succeeded. Shem and Japheth's priority was their father, and as a result they received their father's blessing. Unlike Ham, who didn't live up to his potential-and as a result, he and his descendants had to suffer the consequences.
Lord, Help us to live up to our potential, and to make the correct decisions. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.