Someone once said, “Actions speak louder than words!” There is a lot of truth behind that axiom, isn’t it? Each of us can cite examples of poor decision making either in our own life or in someone’s life whom we love dearly. Many try to mask poor decisions with a lot of pretense, but the truth is we do just exactly what we want to do most of the time. There is nobody to blame for the things we say and do, but ourselves.
Poor Decisions Hurt People…
Many are accused of being judgmental when pointing out the errors that result from poor decision making, but that could simply be a misunderstanding. Think about it… people we care about the most will stir our emotions and passion. Voicing disagreement should not be construed as judgmental… necessarily. Frankly, poor decisions hurt people!
Nothing will hurt and age pastor any more than bad decisions made by folks in the congregation. Parents and grandparents are often scarred by the decisions made by their offspring! Even when children leave the nest, parents don’t stop being parents. On the other hand, children are often hurt deeply by the bad decision making of hasty parents!
Decisions Have Consequences Both Good And Bad…
A friend of mine wrote, “Making the decision is not the hard part, but its living with the consequences.” That rings true, doesn’t it? One of the basic parts of life is making a decision and living with its consequences. From a little child we learn how to do this. The problem arises when we make bad decisions, knowing the possible consequences, and continue down the wrong path. We should make decisions in light of God’s Word! After all, it is the best way!
Our Decisions Have Something To Say…
Whether we choose to believe it or not, the decisions we make each day have something to say about our character. It is laughable how people get mad at others who form opinions about them from decisions which have been made. The Bible has a lot to say about the actions of the fool. Read the Book of Proverbs! When it comes to children, the Bible teaches us that they are known by the deeds; good or bad.
(Proverbs 20:11) “Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.” (KJV)
What have your decisions said about you lately? Do you feel that you have been misunderstood? Even when doing the right thing, people can misinterpret us. Our focus should be on being obedient to the Lord Jesus Christ and let God sort things out. According to Luke 7:35 “… wisdom is justified of all her children.” Decisions, both good and bad, can be learned from and both will be made by each of us. May we realize just how important it is to make the right ones so we can keep a clean testimony!!!