Here in Norfolk, a restaurant is closing. This particular restaurant has been open nearly 70 years. From the article in the July 7, 2013 edition of The Virginian Pilot, it seems that the owners decided it was time. They probably have a host of reasons, like most of us do, for making life decisions. Yet, it all seems to come down to being willing to making the decision. I don’t know about the family which owns Veneziano’s, but many of us have trouble actually making a decision. We want to put it off. We want to pretend that things will fix themselves. We want to avoid what needs to be done.
Reality is that the longer we put off making a decision, the more difficult things become. The decision is sometimes made for us. The once small problem often becomes much larger. The funny sound our vehicle was making that we should have gotten checked out sooner results in us stranded on the side of the road. The putting off of decisions allows difficult decisions to fester and become worse. Consider the medical issue that we should do something about. We don’t because we are worried about what it might cost. We don’t because we are worried about what the results will be of making a decision. Our delay allows things to fester. Our delay usually expands the problem.
We often put off God. We put off deciding to get involved. We put off the decision to change the way we are living. We put off praying. We think that there is plenty of time. We think that another day won’t matter. We think that if we don’t make a decision, then someone else will handle the situation. Our indecision hurts us and those around us. Our putting off a decision to have God more apart of our lives makes our daily lives more difficult. Our avoidance of living a kingdom life hurts others. This may be the only opportunity for us to share hope with others. This is the time to make decisions. Are we going to live a life for God’s kingdom, or are we going to avoid the kingdom? Are we going to allow God to move in and through us, or are we going to just put things off? Are you willing to make a decision? Will you serve God today?
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How do you know what to do? Most of us rely on our logic to carry us through the decisions of life. We make our choices on what makes sense. We choose a profession based on our aptitude and skills. We choose what to wear based on the weather forecast and the events of the day. We choose our entertainment based on availability, price, and time constraints.
Logic is good, but it can only carry us so far. We are more than logical. We are spiritual. We are emotional. We are physical. In making the decision of life all of these parts of our being can and should come into play. For example, when deciding on a vocation, we often hear the advice to do something that we love. We are strongly encouraged to do something that will bring us joy. We also may have several logical wardrobe choices, but we go to the same item over and over. We have favorites. (My favorites are my red jeans.)
So often we forget the other parts of us, but it is these parts that help us make the most important decisions. Many of us married because we loved. We chose not just because it was logical, but we chose a spouse because of an emotional response. Yes, there was probably more than the emotional, but that is usually the one we talk about. Many of us have made a decision to be Christians. We choose to be followers of Jesus Christ. We choose to claim Jesus as our Lord and Savior. It may not always be logical, but we choose because we know with our whole being that is the right choice for us. We know in all aspects of our being that we want to give our lives to Jesus Christ. We know in all aspects of our being that we want to join our life to another person.
Yet, we try to boil most of our decisions down to logic. We want to be logically. I want to encourage you to be more than just logically. Be the full person God has created you to be. Listen to your whole being when making decisions. Rely not just on your mind, but on your heart, body, and soul. Live more fully. The other aspects of your being have insights that are not a part of your logical mind. Listen to those other parts. Wear your favorite clothing because of the way you feel when you wear it. Choose to do something because of how your spirit sings when you do it. Live more boldly. Live beyond logic.