Decisions, Decisions, Decisions...
I'm sure you're familiar with the saying, "You reap what you sow." Little decisions that we make everyday lead up to bigger ones later. We make decisions every single day. We decide what to wear, what to eat for breakfast, what chores to do first, and so on. These decisions can be easy decisions (for the most part). But when it comes to life decisions, it can get a bit stickier.
It is difficult sometimes to know what to do at times. If you're anything like me, crippling indecisiveness can bring you to a place of complete paralyses. Sometimes it can feel like we're Indiana Jones in The Holy Grail and a single step off of that cliff could lead to our destruction. But, a single step in the right direction can be the greatest leap of our lives.
I want to focus on that right now. When you look at your life and all the little choices you have made, where are you? I love that meme that says "Pondering the life decisions that brought me to this point" and it is always paired with a picture of someone in some sort of unpleasant situation. It's like a ripple effect in the water. One splash in the water creates ripples that keep going out. The small decisions in our lives have an eternal effect on our lives.
What are the little decisions that have brought us to this point? Are we in an unpleasant situation? Or, have we made the life decisions that have yielded goodness?
One thing I want to emphasize is that while we are still breathing, it is never too late to start again. Each day is a new opportunity and a new chance. Making small good decisions can lead up to big good decisions. The key is to think in the long term. When we think in the short term where something is immediately satisfying, we tend to keep doing that thing.
Our habits will effect the outcome of our lives. "As a general rule, the more immediate pleasure you get from an action, the more strongly you should question whether it aligns with your long-term goals. What is immediately rewarded is usually repeated."
- James Clear, Atomic Habits
But, if we think about the long term, in any decision, but especially in our walk with God, we learn to put off satisfaction. We slowly get to know the heart of God when we continually and constantly seek the heart of God.
If we think about it, the little decisions we make every single day add up to the big decisions we make--those life-changing decisions that can either break our lives, or make our lives.
I'm going to ask you to start making decisions. Start with one decision at a time. Every week, you have 10,080 minutes. We can use some of these minutes to get closer to God. If we use 1% of those minutes, it adds up to around 100 minutes a week.
We can also decide to do good to others around us. One person at a time. We can invite someone to church. We can say to another person, "Come and see. Come and join me."
Have you personally made the decision to follow Christ? Maybe today is your day. Maybe today is the day that you decide you're going to take action - start a conversation - start a relationship with God. Maybe today is your day for no more excuses.
Maturity is choosing between what you want now and what you want most. Once you start making those good small spiritual decisions, the stronger you become in faith and the stronger your relationship with God will be.
You make your choices and then your choices make you. What are you choosing today?