LOOK AGAIN: Decisions, Decisions … February 24, 2015

Are you ever over whelmed with unfinished business? Frustration turns to anxiety. Anxiety turns to avoidance. Avoidance turns to escape. Escape turns to isolation and isolation leads to misery. What a downer! More than the misery downer is the loss of remembrance of the original dilemma. Where can we start again?

A healthy person is decisive. Let’s look at the parable of the Good Samaritan once again. Specifically, let’s look at the Samaritan’s actions in Luke 10: 33-35: “When he saw the man’s condition his heart went out to him. He gave him first aid, disinfecting and bandaging his wounds. Then he lifted him on to his donkey, led him to an inn, and made him comfortable. In the morning he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper saying, “Take good care of him. If it costs any more put it on my bill – I’ll pay you on my way back”. (The Message) Wow! He made one decision after another. He could have looked at the situation and felt pressed by his own business, moved on, and taken on the sense of guilt that comes with recognizing a true need and making no decision about it. I call that the ‘ would a, could a, should a’ syndrome. A sense of guilt can only be relieved by taking action that follows through where the avoidance began, the moment of unwillingness to make a decision. The Samaritan made one decision after another until he finished what he had started. That’s very healthy thinking followed by disciplined action.

Sometimes the need we face is the result of our own lack of decisiveness such as being aware of something that needs to be done in a timely fashion and avoiding it because we are unsure how to do it. We become the ones experiencing powerlessness. If we are feeling overwhelmed by events or needs that are in our lives we can begin to recover by making one small decision to complete any necessary task. It would result in a sense of purpose. Follow that completion with another and another until we become empowered by the will to address the unknown rather than stay mired in our sense of futility.

The Samaritan decided what to give and how long to give it. He was the one who determined what was required for him to finish meeting the need. I am reminded of Jesus saying on the cross “Into Your Hands I commit my Spirit” Luke 23:46. Even in loss unto death we must be decisive and trust God with the rest.

Today choose Life. Pick one small task that is necessary and complete it. Then choose another and another until empowering clicks in and you are again walking in the Way of the Lord.

As always, God’s blessings rest in you,
Elsa Jane


photo via Dave Gilmore at Glacier National Park


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