Some Thoughts About Choices

Everyday we are bombarded with choices.  Sometimes our choices are really easy (whether you wear a seat-belt), and sometimes they are really hard (to give away your virginity, to stand up to a bully).  Sometimes the choices we face are really big (who to date, what college), and sometimes they are small (what cd to listen to, what color fingernail polish).  

So here’s a question to consider when it comes to choices.  Who or what influences you to choose one thing instead of another?  All our choices are influenced by something.

Right now I am looking at changing jobs.  Deciding where to work is a major choice.  Maybe not for you guys, but when you’re my age and you have a family to think about there are all kinds of things that influence what I will choose.  I have to consider location, salary, work/life balance, job happiness, promotion potential, and many other things. 

There are all kinds of things that try to influence to choose one thing or another, and when it comes to deciding between McDonald’s and Jimmy Johns it doesn’t matter a whole lot what you chose.  But when it comes to some of the major decisions you’ll make it is critical that you get the best advice possible.  And that advice, I have learned comes from Jesus, and is written down in the Bible.

The Bible has a lot to say about choices, but there is on particular verse in Proverbs (14:12) that I have seen prove itself true over and over again.

There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.

Have you ever spent time around someone who thinks they know it all?  Little kids are like this sometimes.  As a parent try to tell my kids the best way to live but over and over again they argue with me about things, and there is times that I simply get so exhausted arguing that I just say, “Fine.  Do it your way.”  And those situations usually don’t go so well for the kids.

Do you see what I mean?  My kids think they are really smart, but in reality they know so little about how life works, and when they follow their own path it usually ends up in trouble that they could have avoided by listening and following my words. 

And unfortunately, much of the time we treat Jesus and his advice they same way my kids treat me.  We argue with God, or we think the Bible is outdated, and we decide we know better than God.  But I have to ask, how’s that working for the world?  Better yet, how’s that working for you?