Decisions

As I watched the movie “My Son”, produced by Retta Baptist Church, I took away a few lessons. The first is the subject of today’s devotional.

Decisions. We in America have been conditioned to think of decisions as flippant choices with little to no consequence in our lives. Should I buy a good home and a cheap car, or a sufficient home and a luxury car? Should I buy this electronic device or that one? Should I buy my child these toy, or a iPad tablet?

Some people pray over every decision, and some do not pray over any. The fact of the matter any decision in life has farther reaching consequences than we imagine.

As the people in the movie made the decision to forcibly take their child back, I cringed. Nothing ever goes as planned and things in life do go wrong.

I have often chosen to purchase things for my pleasure rather than for the good of my family. We went through times where we ate Ramen and tuna (a 51 cent meal) for weeks at a time due to my refusal to budget money. I’ve learned that this is not what God wants for me and my family. The pleasure I find in stuff is minuscule compared with the joy God brings.

I still want things, and from time to time I buy them. I try to budget for them now and pray more than I used to, but less than I should regarding my decisions.

I watched in horror as my fears were realized for the characters in the movie. The decision they made caused the sheriff and longtime friend of the mother to be killed. The person they entrusted to help them put them in a situation that they couldn’t get out of, a position that would land them in jail or kill them. I won’t spoil the movie, but I will end with this:

Your decision have far and reaching consequences. Pray over them, and ask God for guidance.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

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