Decisions, Decisions

            We’ve all been there!  You finally get a group together standing in the parking lot and decide you are going out to eat.  Then- IT happens- that dreaded period when no one can decide where you are all going to eat.  “I’ll narrow it down to 3, and you pick” is the game we often resort to in our family.  Otherwise we could drive around saying “I don’t care” for hours and resent one another by sundown because we are famished. 
            Have you ever been in a group faced with a real decision?  I wonder if this isn’t the problem.  It seems like we have very few opportunities to make decisions that really impact our lives.  Instead we just kind of go with the flow, and base our happiness on the happiness of those around us.  “That’s fine with me, if it’s alright with you” is the line that often concludes the dinner decision and reflects a real insignificance to the whole decision.  If we were more alert to what real decisions were in our lives, perhaps we might be better equipped to make them, and to allow the less important decisions to be, well, less important!
             This past Saturday when we woke up to rain our ride group had the same experience!  No one really wanted to decide where/when/how much we might ride.  We were supposed to join the “Gary’s Ride” and go long, but rain certainly cut into that plan.  So, via email we delayed….and delayed….looking at the pavement….waiting for someone else to make the call.  Finally my phone rang and it was indeed our officially designated group secretary.  “What do you think?” was the first question I hear.  “I don’t know” was my response.  Eventually, I talked myself out of riding altogether that day, and spent the whole day with family, which was great!  Never mind that it was sunny by noon.
             I wonder if we put ourselves in stresses way, by participating in a game that seems to really reflect a lack of self-definition.  I wonder if we put too much of ourselves into choices that don’t really matter, and worry ourselves right out of the choices that really do matter!  What is it the scripture tells us? 
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”  (Matthew 6:25-27, NIV)
Now, where am I going to dinner?  Perhaps there are bigger decisions afoot!  What are you really worried about today?

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4 Comments on “Decisions, Decisions”

  1. Jim Eads Says:

    Oh, for a simpler world.

  2. Jennifer Says:

    Duh, it’s Monday. You’re going to Skyline Chili!!!

  3. Amanda Page Says:

    Yes, we too, get bogged down in this trap. Often, we’re trying to be “nice” to everyone else. But sometimes the nicest thing is to give an honest answer of,”well, I would prefer…” We often get cought up in this trap because we lack the self-esteem that tells us our oppinion is as valid as anyone else’s. We were taught to be “nice” and let others’ choices come before our own. It’s the same trap that tells us God loves everyone else and wants to grant their prayers, but we can’t think enough of ourselves to have the faith that God wants our dreams to come true too! I was raised to understand that “IF”God wants to he will answer our prayers. That means that if God doesn’t answer, we aren’t pleasing God or worthy of his love enough to get what we want.
    I say, let’s believe our chioces count. Let’s believe that God does love us enough!

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