Old Testament: Genesis 45:1-15
Morning Psalms: Psalms 78:1-39
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 7:32-40
Gospel: Mark 6:1-13
Evening Psalms: Psalms 78:40-72
Have you ever wished that someone would just tell you what to do when you had a big decision to make? When I was a teenager faced with difficult decisions, life changing decisions, I would look to my mother for advice on what to do. She would NEVER tell me what she thought the right decision was. Even if, in her heart, she knew what the “right choice” was, she would not share her thoughts with me. Instead, she would calmly tell me to sit down with a piece of paper and a pen, make two columns, and label them Pros and Cons. Somehow, going through this process was supposed to magically help me make my decision. As an adult, I’m grateful for her guidance on effective decision-making techniques. At the time, however, I would have preferred for her to simply make the decision for me.
As I read 1 Corinthians 7:32-40, I saw that same level of parental guidance given to those who were anxious. Just as I asked my mother to make an important decision for me, the Corinthians were seeking decision-making for themselves from someone they viewed as their spiritual parent.
In the end, regardless of what important decisions I have had to make throughout the years, they’ve been my decisions, not someone else’s. I truly value the decision-making gift my mother gave me. I’m forever grateful, and I value being accountable for my own decisions, whether or not they were “right” or “wrong” in Mom’s eyes. She trusted that I would make the right decisions, and she always provided gentle guidance along the way. As a parent, I now find myself on the other end of that discussion, and it’s almost as frightening as being on the end with the pen and paper.
Dear Lord, please guide my daily choices both big and small; and thank you for always being there for me, even when I fall. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.