“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (I Corinthians 10:31)
A lot has changed in my life since the coronavirus entered America and I became part of the stay-at-home order that has been implemented. For one thing, I find my decisions have taken a new direction. My daily choices now consist of options such as: “Should I change my pajamas today?” “When should I wash said pajamas?” “Should I try cutting my own hair?” “What time should I take my nap?” “Dare I try to give myself a pedicure?” (FYI: The pedicure? Bad choice! Bad choice!) I’m sure most of you can relate to my dilemma of decision making.
There are other challenging choices and decisions we find ourselves faced with on a daily basis. Decisions such as: “Am I going to believe the demeaning report on social media about a person I don’t like, or am I going to check it out to see if it’s true?” “Am I going to jump to conclusions, or am I going to wait and see what is really happening?” “Am I going to succumb to fear and anxiety because of what is going on in the world?” “Am I going to do my part to help others who are suffering right now?” “Am I going to make a commitment to pray for our leaders and those on the front lines of fighting this virus?”
You get the message. Whether we realize it or not, our choices and decisions tell us who we really are. They reveal our hearts to ourselves, as well as to others. And they help construct the next move we’re going to make. Our choices and decisions bear the weight of great importance. Therefore, each morning when we wake up, we need to come before the Lord and pray for the day’s decisions and choices we will be faced with – whether large or small.
The main decision we need to make every day is the same one Joshua gave to Israel in Joshua chapter 24. As he stood before the masses he was leading into the Promised Land, he said to them, “Fear the Lord and serve him wholeheartedly……Serve the Lord alone……But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve.” (verses 14 and 15).
Every morning we are given the same opportunity to make the decision those Israelites were given. The choice to serve the Lord throughout the day – or not. And if we make the right decision, we will discover the rest of the day’s options become a whole lot easier. Even the one about changing our pajamas or not.