Articles by Stan Dean

Little Decisions Are Often Big

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How many decisions does the average person make on any given day? Well, according to the statistics I have read, they number in the thousands. Of course, this includes everything from whether or not to get out of bed in the morning to when you will go to bed at night.

Most of us probably do not think much about the “little” decisions we make and concentrate more on the “big” ones. However, that can be a slippery slope. What we all come to learn eventually is that some of the decisions we think are insignificant turn out to be extremely important and vice versa.

In our personal lives we are all about three or four decisions away from having a very different life than we have now- - good or bad. Thus, we would all be wise to seek wisdom from God in all things. James teaches: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all liberally… ” (James 1:5).

This also applies to our dealings with other people. It is easy to be quick in judging someone else based on some incident in their life and “write them off.” But regardless of what someone has done, a “small” act of kindness from you or me might be a decision that could make a “big” difference in that person’s future. Consider these words Paul penned, “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in the spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted” (Galatians 6:1). But what can we say or do? My answer is: “A little something is better than a big nothing.”

On Paul’s first missionary journey, he was accompanied by Barnabas and a young man named, John Mark. For whatever reason, John Mark decided to abandon the mission in Pamphylia and went back home. Later, when Paul and Barnabas were planning for a second journey, Paul was unwilling to allow John Mark to go. Barnabas, on the other hand, was unwilling to give up on John Mark and took him on their own mission trip. History proved that to be a great decision because John Mark went on to be a great servant for Jesus. If not for Barnabas’ decision, who knows what would have happened to John Mark?

And that is just the point! We never know what impact a “little” decision we make today might have on our future or the future of someone else. Thus, let us make our decisions prayerfully.

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