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Decisions Decisions

What do you mean you can’t decide? 

Never a day goes by that we don’t make a decision. It is estimated that we make 35,000 remotely conscious decisions each day. Another study says we make 226.7 decisions each day on food alone. How do you make a point seven decision on something? 

For every mile you drive you make a 160 driving decisions. 

Then there’s the one that states the average person makes 773,618 in a lifetime. What I’d like to know is who’s counting? To even take into consideration all the decisions you make in one day would be monumental. You’ll not likely catch them all. Some are so automatic in our thinking they slip by us. How can that be a decision? I just did it. 

None of us would ever come to the count of 35,000 before our bed calls to us. It’s amazing how much we take decisions for granted day to day. Whether you’re doing something or doing nothing you made a decision. Whether you’re being impulsive or procrastinating you made a decision. The thing about our decisions is we presume the outcomes are in our favour. We catch on pretty quickly that outcomes do not always play out the way we predict. 

Decisions can get you in trouble and out of trouble. Some decisions are real yawners –so easy. We never dream they might backfire. Others, on the other hand, put some real drama in our lives. 

One day Jesus was talking to a crowd and he was asked a sneaky question by teachers familiar with their answer to the question. It’s not like this would be a friendly debate. Their only intention was to trap him. They placed a woman caught in adultery in front of the crowd he was talking to. According to their understanding of their law the punishment was death by stoning. So what do you say, Jesus? He didn’t answer them. The “smart” teachers were becoming a little smug about Jesus not being able to get out of this one. Then Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust. 

Are you serious? What’s he doing? He’s avoiding the question.
“Jesus, we want an answer. Don’t tell us we’ve stumped you?” 

What’s that he’s writing? What he’s writing catches them off guard. Then he says, “Let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone.” Then he continues to write. One by one the “smart” teachers disappear. 

Jesus asks the woman, “Where are your accusers? Did no one condemn you? “No, Lord.” she said. “Neither do I, go and sin no more.” It’s worth taking the time to learn what Jesus has to say about our decisions. Getting his perspective is what we try to do at 20 Church. 

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