We learned on Sunday that on average, adults make 35,000 decisions every day (227 of which involve food!). That means we are making a decision every 2 seconds! Now admittedly, most of those are “remotely conscious” decisions (things like breathing, taking a drink, smiling and so on). But that is a lot of decisions!Scientists tell us that the sheer volume of decisions causes us to be fatigued. They deplete our willpower and energy, so the really smart folks make important decisions early in the morning. Regardless of when we make them, decisions shape our lives.
John Maxwell, a noted author and Christian leader has said that “life is a matter of choices and the choices you make, make you.” I so agree with that notion, but we could amend that quote just a bit. We might say: The decisions we make, make us.
Or as Chet put it, “moral authority is gained one decision at a time.”
Moral authority is a testimony of righteousness. It is the culmination of routinely inserting Godly principles into our decision-making process. Each one of us is building a resume of character. It can be “read” by those around us and it is developed as we make decisions about all kinds of things.
Our family “reads” our character as we make decisions about the entertainment that is allowed in our home. When we decide to speak harshly or with crude terms, we are revealing our moral compass. When we demand more of our children than we are willing to do, that moral authority is eroded.
The decisions we make with our spouse, the way we selfishly or selflessly treat them, the way we forgive or hold grudges, the way we prioritize their needs all suggest a life lived well (or not).
We make decisions at work every day that put a spot light on our moral authority. We either “walk the walk” or no one cares about our “talk.”
A testimony of righteousness doesn’t suggest perfection. “We all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”…every day! It just means that there is an intentional effort to make decisions that glorify our Savior. And if we goof, we own them, repent quickly and avoid the same mess the next time.
One definition of the term “decision” says, “it is a course of action that is purposely chosen.” This week, let’s all be intentional about our decision making. Let’s remember that our testimony of righteousness is on display everywhere. Let’s purposely choose to honor the Lord.
Sherry Worel is a Bible teacher at heart and lives a life of ministry. She’s been involved at Coast Hills teaching Women’s LIFE, Bible studies, online courses, devotionals, participating in Upstream conversations, and much more. Having a love for education, Sherry has over 50 years of teaching experience with schools, churches, and mission agencies. As well as earning her Master’s at Talbot Seminary, she rounded out her education with 35 years as Head of School at Stoneybrooke Christian School. Sherry is happiest with a book or fishing pole in hand.