The ONE THING for today

Don’t make that decision!

  • Genesis 10:25 (NKJV) To Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg, for in his days the earth was divided; and his brother’s name was Joktan.

Every time I read about Peleg I think of “peg leg” and I picture him as a crusty old sea-captain walking around with a peg leg and a saber stuck in his belt. (I know—I have a vivid imagination.)

Recently I heard a scientist suggest that the reference to the earth being divided during the days of Peleg was when the Bering Strait came into existence (the narrow strip of water between Russia and Alaska). He surmised that before then the two continents were connected and that was how North and South America were populated as humans migrated across the connecting land bridge.

He built a good case and many agree with him. But here’s the point I want to make for us today—I don’t know if he’s right and it really doesn’t matter.

We humans are so conditioned to make either/or decisions. We hear something and we instinctively feel that we must immediately decide if it is right or wrong. We meet someone and we almost immediately decide if we like them or not. We see a work of art and feel compelled to decide if we like it or not.

But why? Why waste the energy to make decisions that really do not matter? Think of the times you have gotten into an argument with someone over a matter that really didn’t matter. Or, think of the times you’ve formed an opinion about someone who turned out to be wrong.

Making bold quick decisions in the heat of the battle may be a good thing. But in ordinary life, most decisions should be delayed until a decision is absolutely required. In most cases you’re never have to make a decision about most matters and by waiting, when you do have to make a decision, you will be able choose more wisely for having waited.

I remember a wise pastor and mentor telling me once that on those low days, when I felt like I had completely blown it, that there was nothing wrong with quitting. He did add one condition, however. He said, “Always say, ‘I’ll quit tomorrow.’” That one word of advice has served me well for many years now.

Bottom line, the ONE THING for today is: Make as few decisions as you have to and then only make them when you have to. It will save you a lot trouble and make you a lot of friends.

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