Have you ever observed a dog
and wished for the simplicity of its life? Wouldn't it be great
to just act on instinct and be done with it? But N-o-o-o-... our
road to ignorant bliss is pocked by the potholes of reason and free
will. We are forced to make decisions, and decision-making is
risky business, especially for those lacking wisdom purchased by life
Our lives are an endless
stream of choices, and everyday we make decisions ranging from the
mundane to the momentous. This wouldn't be so bad if it wasn’t
for those pesky little liabilities known as responsibility and
consequences. Sadly and with increasing frequency, some really
disastrous decisions have and are being made.
But there is hope.
Along with free will we are given a conscience to weigh decisions based
on what is right and wrong. Unfortunately a conscience doesn't
come preset with absolute values, it is programmable. There's an
old saying in the computer industry regarding programming:
"Garbage in, garbage out". Our conscience can be programmed by
such influences as TV, movies, parents and peers. Oh, and another
thing; when self and free will are in cahoots, the very best conscience
can be circumvented.
So what's the answer?
Well ironically, I found the answer by actually making a decision.
I decided to follow Jesus. Did this choice eliminate the need to
make decisions? Absolutely not! But it did provided an
accurate moral scale upon which to weigh them.
WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?)
is a popular acronym people call on when pondering a decision.
But in reality, the question isn't what would Jesus do, but what would
Jesus have me do?
Now don't despair.
There's good news about "The Good News". When I accepted Christ,
God granted me two powerful tools… The Holy Spirit and Prayer (and they
came with instruction manuals, too).
The Holy Spirit lives within
me and has many helpful functions, such as: programming my conscience
with absolute values and providing me a two-way communication with God.
So now when facing a decision I ask God (through Jesus) to guide me to
the right choice. God sends His answer to the Holy Spirit who convicts
me of what is right. The decision should be a no-brainer.
Right? Well, sometimes His answer isn't really what I wanted to
hear, or He wants me to actually expend effort, or perform a perilous
leap of faith. I mean come on… Get real.
Remember that old bug-a-boo
free will we discussed earlier? Well, It's just been waiting for
pride, fear, laziness, self-interest, desire or any number of excuses
to overrule God's will. So now, the question isn't What Would
Jesus Do? It's …. “What Will Jon Do”?
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