33. You Decide - “If you don’t ...”
[Year of Consecrated Life]
Dear brothers and sisters,
Former president Ronald Reagan once had an aunt who took him to a cobbler for a pair of new shoes. The cobbler asked young Reagan, "Do you want square toes or round toes?" Unable to decide, Reagan didn't answer, so the cobbler gave him a few days. Several days later the cobbler saw Reagan on the street and asked him again what kind of toes he wanted on his shoes. Reagan still couldn't decide, so the shoemaker replied, "Well, come by in a couple of days. Your shoes will be ready." When the future president did so, he found one square-toed and one round-toed shoe! "This will teach you to never let people make decisions for you," the cobbler said to his indecisive customer. "I learned right then and there," Reagan said later, "if you don't make your own decisions, someone else will." (Source: Today in the Word, MBI, Aug., p.16)
The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn. In life we always face these kinds of decision-making moments. Choosing the right for wrong; choosing good for bad; life for death. Unless you are sure of your destination you end up making wrong exits or entries; end up with wrong people. Therefore, we are to be sure of what we want or what we need or where we go.
Billy Graham said, "The strongest principle of life and blessings lies in our choice. Our life is the sum result of all the choices we make, both consciously and unconsciously. If we can control the process of choosing, we can take control of all aspects of our life. We can find the freedom that comes from being in charge of our life. So start with what is right rather than what is acceptable. "If you don’t make a decision, then time will make it for you, and time will always side against you." Choose Jesus and His values in all you do (Lk. 12:31), everything else will be added to your life.