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Decision Making: It Says A Lot About You!

Pastor Andrew SchankSomeone 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)

Conclusion

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!!!

Which Will You Be?

Thought For The Week…

When I was a little boy, I looked up to people that were older than me. I was greatly influenced by adults who were friends of the family, and each person made a lasting impression on me. Learning about each person was a treat. Finding out their favorite pastimes and where they worked, etc. was a lot of fun, but even as an unsaved little child, I could see a difference in some people as compared to others and also by what my parents taught me.

Growing up into my teenage years, I could see how people were changing. Well, they probably had not changed, but were being one way around me then and was letting their guard down as I was getting older. This change in people began to work on me a little. Their language was courser and foul words seemed to flow from their mouths with too much ease and familiarity! “How could this be?” I would ask myself.

What people seem to forget as the get up in years is that young people are not stupid! Usually teenagers are quite idealistic. They have not yet perfected the sacred art of hypocrisy; though, that usually comes a bit later! Furthermore, young people can see right through “water downed” Christianity. They go along with the counterfeit because they think it is cool that an adult will rebel against what is “supposed” to be right and go their direction.

Since those experiences years ago, I have seen things get tragically worse! It seems, like in the days of the Old Testament Book of Judges, people are doing “that which was right in his own eyes”. When will Christian adults quit opting for a role reversal and be the consistent, God fearing example for young people?

As stated earlier, many of those family friends made a lasting impression on me. Don’t misunderstand me, they were not all bad. In fact, several of those folks have proven to be a source of strength in the storms of my life! This leads me to ask you a very candid question… “Will you be a textbook example of a genuine hypocrite or will you be a stalwart testimony of a Bible believing Christian?” The choice is yours. Which will you be?

(Judges 17:6) “In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.”  (KJV)

Are You Shining Brightly?

Thought For The Week…

When I was a little boy, my mother had two kerosene oil lamps on the mantle which were really quite nice looking. The globes were simple in design, but the bases had some beautiful artwork engraved into it. Most of the time, these lamps sat on the mantle for decoration only. However, every once in a while, when the power would go out, momma would light these lamps. They were amazingly bright and very cozy on a cold winter’s night!

There was one occasion when momma lit the lamps which I remember vividly! For some reason she forgot to trim the wick in one of them quickly enough and the smoke darkened the globe with soot. It did not take very long for this to happen, but it left an image in my mind I won’t soon forget. You see, the soot had done its damage! Though there was light inside the globe, it did not reach out to its full potential because the glass was dirty. We did not enjoy the beautiful flickering light like we could have.

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”  Matthew 5:14-16 (KJV)

Every child of God, according to Jesus, is a light. He stated this in Matthew 5:14-16 and further mentioned that we needed to let our light shine in such a way that our good works would glorify our Heavenly Father. As a result of our obedience to God, our light would be a help to folks around us.

Our light will not be effective and reach its fullest potential if our lives are not pleasing to God. If we refuse to keep our sins confessed and live for ourselves instead of God, then we will be like that dirty globe my mother had to deal with. It was only when she cleaned the globe that it was able to be a blessing to those in the room that evening.

How bright is your light? Though we will never know just how effectively God is using us and every time He is using our light and testimony, we still need to shine brightly! Stay out of God’s way and let Him work through you dear saint of God. Allow Him to have His rightful place and you will stand amazed as to how God can use you. Keep your lamps trimmed and burning brightly!