(05.04.21 – Choices in Life -Proverbs 1:10-19)
My friend, may I ask you a question? Wouldn’t it be great sometimes, if difficult decisions, could be made by someone else? Or, even better, if we could just put off our choices until they just went away.?
My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.
I'm M. Clifford Brunner.
Easy choices are attractive since they often are choices that give us results quickly and instant satisfaction. Recently my wife and I decided that it was time to consider replacing our ancient Airstream trailer, which is now over thirty years old, with something more up-to-date. We shopped around and considered the choices. Amazed at the array of conveniences that are now standard in most trailers, we began to narrow our choices down to two models. Finally, we made a choice and began to plan the financing. It seemed an easy choice and we began to wonder if we had missed something. The payments were affordable and the trailer lacked nothing for convenience and state-of-the-art. But, then it hit us. Airstreams are made to be on the road for thirty, forty, even fifty years. The nice little pop-up trailer we were looking at would prob- ably be all worn out even before we had our loan paid off. What we thought was an easy choice had become a painful one. In the end, quality without convenience won out over convenience without quality.
It would be great sometimes, if difficult decisions, could be made by someone else. Or, even better, if we could just put off our choices until they just went away. Life, unfortunately, doesn't often put that option on the menu.
Here's a story: During World War II, British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, was forced to make a painful choice. The British secret service had broken the Nazi code and informed Churchill that the Germans were going to bomb Coventry. He had two alternatives: (1) evacuate the citizens and save hundreds of lives at the expense of indicating to the Germans that the code was broken; or (2) take no action, which would kill hundreds but keep the information flowing and possibly save many more lives. For Churchill this was a conundrum. Eit