It’s 2am! I just shut my laptop down after over five hours of work.
As I was getting on my feet, my sleep-laden eyes brightened momentarily as it noticed a book on the table. For almost a fortnight I have been reading Dan Brown’s page-turner, The Lost Symbol, to unwind. I picked up this notable work of thriller-fiction with the resolve to read a few pages. I slid out the bookmark which has been sandwiched between pages 452 and 453 for the past three days. But telling myself it is better to go to bed, I returned the bookmark. Only to slide it out again. Should I read or take a rest? ‘Is it wise to sacrifice a five-hour rest to enjoy several pages of an exciting novel? I ask myself. After reading a few lines, the need for sleep made me choose bed over book.
As I lay in bed, with the feel of my wife’s warmth reinforcing the feeling that choosing bed was the better decision, I mused over the mental tug of war I experienced some minutes ago. While fatigue-induced sleep was gently but surely drowning consciousness, the words of Josh Jameson bobbed up in my mind:
There comes a time when you have to choose between turning the page and closing the book.
The dilemma of making choices is a reality of life. Daily we are saddled with the burden or responsibility of making choices – in simple situations like deciding what to eat for lunch, or tough ones like accepting a better-paying job that will keep you away from family. Sometimes we are faced with deciding what is better between two ‘good’ options. At other times, it is between two obviously opposite choices. E.g. sexual purity until marriage or premarital sex.
The critical question is, ‘What informs your decisions?’ ‘Who influences your choices?’
It is important to always remember that the quality of our lives is determined by the decisions we make everyday; you are today, the product of your choices yesterday.
Since the responsibility to make choices is inescapable, and we are either made or marred by our choices, you and I cannot afford to take decisions lightly. We must always strive to make the right decisions.
I, though I fail many times, strive daily to make choices that are informed by the matchless wisdom that comes from God’s word, the Bible. I allow God, through this dated but always relevant, and inerrant book, to influence my decisions. James many years ago admonished,
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
What informs your decisions? Who influences your choices?