Monday Motivator – May 14

What is the major consideration (or process) that guides you in making most of your decisions? Merely financial? Christian community? Advice of parents? Scripture?

I read about actor Michael J. Fox leaving his acting career because of the impact of learning he had Parkinson’s disease. He said that every day on the set took time away from his wife and kids, and he felt that time could be better spent with them, as well as serving as a spokesperson for Parkinson’s research. He even said continuing in acting would be somewhat “trivial” in light of what he and his family were now facing.

My assessment was that Fox made a good decision, because as he said in the book I read, he had tons of money and fame, and was well-positioned to care for himself and his family. Why not use the next season of life for being with his family and for more charitable purposes? Both of those reasons made sense in light of his circumstances.

Every decision you and I make is always “in light of” some sort of circumstance – small or large. Sometimes circumstances dictate or determine our direction. You may leave college for a time in order to go to work and help with a family emergency. Sometimes our choices reflect our priorities, or sometimes our priorities are determined solely by our choices. I hope our deepest convictions about what is important will guide our journey through life. I have seen many people whose poor choices, not often thought through, end up forcing them down a path they could have easily avoided.

Read John 6:25-40.

Jesus often said that everything He did was determined by a single purpose in life – He was devoted to doing His Father’s will. When his disciples, who always seemed worried about their next meal, could not figure out why Jesus was not hungry when they were, Jesus replied, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent me…and to finish His work” (John 4:32,34). Once the crowds that followed Jesus ate a meals miraculously provided by Him and their response was to make Jesus their King. He told them, “I have come down from heaven not to do My will, but to do the will of Him who sent Me” (John 6:38).

As Jesus faced the agony of bearing the sin of the world on the cross, He prayed, “Father, if You are willing, take this cup from Me; yet, not My will, but Yours be done” (Luke 22:42).

How important is doing God’s will to you? High, medium, low? How can you begin to understand how to establish the kind of priorities you really want in life?

In a world with so many content to “just go with the flow” and do “whatever,” there is no substitute for developing convictions that separate the “trivial” from the important. A determination to do the will of the Father in heaven is the gateway to joy and fulfillment.

Think theologically. Your decision to serve Christ affects all the other decisions of life.

Love is a verb,

Mike Olejarz

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