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One Decision Fits All
By: Dr. Skip Myers
Edgefielddaily.com columnist
web posted July 18, 2005

How many decisions do you make during the course of an average day? I attempted to find some statistics on this but none seem to be available. I dare say the number would be in the thousands beginning each day with the decision as to whether or not I hit the snooze button one more time. This is followed by the decision as to whether or not I hit the snooze button one more time followed by… I guess you get the picture.

What would you think if there was one decision you could make that would make all other decisions a breeze? Sounds too good to be true but in reality, such a decision does exist. This one decision truly does fit all. It’s the same concept that the clothing industry follows. You make one hat with an adjustable band so that it fits heads of all shapes and sizes.

This principle applies to the decision I am talking about. It fits all people and is applicable for all situations. Paul writes of this decision in II Corinthians 12:9 and states that he discovered that God’s grace was sufficient for his every need. In other words, Paul accepted the love of God into his life and found that it possessed a certain fluidity. It was able to fill every need or decision he had in his life. Grace, God’s love for us, is adjustable and can fit and fill every need we have. It is the shape of our marital needs; it is the shape of our parental needs; it fits all our personal decisions; it fits all of our career needs; it can flow into and fill every crack.

One of the truly remarkable things about God’s love is that it is relevant for every aspect of our lives. I cannot think of a decision or a situation in which the love of God cannot be the foundational criteria. Give some thought to the needs and decisions you face each day and try to come up with one that God doesn’t care about. His love for your life is so completely thorough that He sincerely cares about everything we are.

Make the decision to not only accept this love into your life but to also grow it and apply it. We tend to speak in terms of theory void of instruction regarding application. So let me give you a test so that you can see how you are doing in applying the grace of God to your everyday decisions and needs.

Look at your computer screen. See it as your next decision or current need. Now look at your hand. See it as the grace of God in your life. Put your hand up to the screen. Which one looks bigger? Now, look at your car and put your Bible up next to it. The car seems to dwarf the Bible as the screen did your hand. Many people have this point of view in their faith relationship with the world. Everything we face seems so big compared to the spiritual aspects of our lives.

Now, take your hand as you are looking at your computer screen and place it right in front of your eyes. What do you see? Suddenly, the screen has been lost because your hand has become larger as it moved closer to your face. Try the same thing with the Bible and your car. The closer the Bible gets to your eyes, the more you lose sight of the car. The lesson is simple: the closer you get to the Lord, the smaller the world gets in comparison to Him. Troubles are then placed before a God who we realize is big enough to handle our every need.

Too many times I find myself trying to view God through the world rather than viewing the world through the Lord. It’s a matter of which one we keep closer to us. Paul understood this simple lesson, For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. I Corinthians 2:2 The closer we are to the Lord, the more we begin to see life through His power, wisdom, and grace. New understanding and possibilities emerge where there had only been frustration and despair. Life takes on a new meaning and we live in a new hope.

A few suggestions on how to get closer to the Lord. Spend time reading the Bible each day and praying. Approach both of these knowing that the Lord wants to be close to you and has loved you before you ever loved Him. You are entering into a love that has been waiting for you since the foundation of the world. Take advantage of every opportunity to be involved in worship and praise. Find a church that offers times for spiritual learning and growth. You will be amazed at just how big God can be as you move Him closer. My prayer for you is that you know the joy of seeing life through a loving God rather than struggling because you view Him through life. Make this one decision, it will change your life. It is one decision that truly fits all of us.




Dr. Myers is Pastor of Smiths Station Baptist Church, Smiths Station Alabama and a former Youth Minister of Sweetwater Baptist Church (1981-1986)
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