Decisions, Decisions

We are a generation that hates to make decisions. We even have apps to help us make our decisions; where to eat, who to follow, and what music to like. When it comes right down to it, we don’t like to decide between this and that because we are convinced that we can have both. Like the child in Subway, we want the chips and the cookies and if we don’t get them both, you better watch out! Or like the one who calls herself a Christian, we want the blessings of God and the pleasures of this world and why shouldn’t we be able to have both?

Rev. Art Hodges tweeted last week, “Worship is exclusive. YOU must make a choice!” Elijah said the same thing a few thousand years ago, “How much longer will you waver, hobbling between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him! But if Baal is God, then follow him!”

Photo by katietower

You must decide!

The word decision stems from the Latin word decidere, which means “to cut off.” Decisions don’t carry the same weight as they used to. Our culture treats decisions like test-runs. Two people ‘decide’ to marry but give up when life isn’t a fairytale anymore. A young person ‘decides’ to volunteer in a soup kitchen but quits after a few months when he realizes that his friends are out enjoying themselves while he serves up dinner to the same weary faces. Decisions just don’t carry the permanence which their name suggests.

One of my favorite poems is Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken. If you are familiar with the poem, the line that sticks out in your head is probably

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

And while the theme of taking the less traveled road is dominant in this poem, it is not the major theme. Mr. Frost was describing the difficult decisions that we all must make and he conveyed that when the decision is made, we will never return to try the other option.

“Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.”

The title of the poem makes this abundantly clear. He did not title the poem The Road Less Traveled By as it is often mistakenly called. He titled the poem The Road Not Taken. It was the choice that he cut off. He made a decision.

We must also decide.

As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

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