decisions, decisions

How do you make decisions?

Some are relatively simple choices, both of which are equally pleasant – do we go to the beach or the park? We might metaphorically (or literally) flip a coin to decide.

Some are more complex, especially where possible outcomes are going to have a negative impact on some people. Do we choose the ‘least worst’ option? And how might you define that? Do we decide on the basis of causing the least distress to the least number of people? Do we consider the impact on ourselves and those known to us as more important than the impact on people we have never met (and may never meet)?

Often in life it is the important decisions that can be the most complex and have unintended consequences. I wonder how Jesus would have made such decisions? Would he have sought to minimise the negative effects of what would happen? Would he have used his supernatural powers to change the outcome so that everyone won? I may be wrong, but I suspect that he would have turned the issues on their head and tried to do the most loving, most just thing. Yes, there may be negative consequences for some, but even those do not have to be delivered callously: they can be shared, people can be comforted, support can be given. That way the experience of God’s love is maximised.

I was going to give some examples, but then I thought that this might trivialise the circumstances in which you may find yourself. Instead I encourage you to seek to make your decisions so that the outcome is the most loving and just possible.

Be blessed, be a blessing.

At a Wednesday evening church meeting a very wealthy man rose to give his testimony.

“I’m a millionaire,” he said, “and I attribute it all to the rich blessings of God in my life. I can still remember the turning point in my faith, like it was yesterday: I had just earned my first dollar and I went to a church meeting that night. The speaker was a missionary who told about his work. I knew that I only had a dollar bill and had to either give it all to God’s work or nothing at all. So at that moment I decided to give my whole dollar to God. I believe that God blessed that decision, and that is why I am a rich man today.”

As he finished it was clear that everyone had been moved by this man’s story.

But, as he took his seat, a little old lady sitting in the same pew leaned over and said: “Wonderful story! I dare you to do it again!”

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