It All Started with the Salad Bar
I recently went to a restaurant with a salad bar. I could not believe the number of choices and decisions I would have to make just for lunch. Every day we have hundreds if not thousands of choices requiring a decision. Most of our choices and decisions will fit into one of these areas:
1. Preference Decisions: Your way or my way. These are the small choices and decisions we incorporate into our daily lives based on our likes and dislikes. We adapt and adopt to multiple views based on our preferences. What decisions have you made based on your preferences?
2. Principle Decisions: Timeless principles or principles for the time. We are bombarded with ideas and philosophies that are outside the realm of our Biblical world view. These new ideas could erode the core Biblical principles and values we have chosen. Do you feel you have been bullied, embarrassed, or even harassed by social trends and cultural agendas to move from a choice and decision that you have made based on timeless principles? Some encourage us to change from our timeless principles to principles for the time. Others want us to decide to abandon our values for a valueless agenda. What are your timeless principles?
3. Pathway Decisions: Good versus evil. The one decision, several decisions, or multiple decisions move us further down a specific path of life. Some choices and decisions are simple such as the choice of better and best. However, some choices and decisions are more complex and can be life changers. These decisions have much larger impacts and are more profoundly significant. These choices and decisions are at the core of life itself. Some choices are between good or evil. Sometimes our “good” choices are clear and decisively obvious. But, some choices of evil can be disguised and alluring. Can you identify choices and decisions you have made that were life changers?
Genesis 3 describes Adam’s choices and decision of good and evil. We know of his wrong decision and its many consequences. Matthew 4 is the story of Christ facing the choice of good or evil. Christ decided good over evil. As you remember, Christ defeated evil by using scripture for His rebuttal and defense. Psalm 119:11 tells us: “Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
We can make the right decision when we have the word of the Lord in our heart ready to be used in life's decisions.
posted by Dr. R. W. Bobby Martin
Dallas Baptist Association exists to assist our churches individually and cooperatively in fulfilling the Great Commission of making disciples of all nations.