The biggest and hardest decisions often come in small and simple packages.
Just recently my sister handed me a stack of papers. On those papers were scribbles and squiggles of what looked like faces and circles. Some were colored brightly. All of them had dancing letters and appeared to be names. She was on her teaching OJT and she asked her preparatory school students to draw. Now she’s asking me to tell me to choose the best drawings.
Of all the decisions this was the hardest to make. You should never be wrong when dealing with kids. Not always perfect but never always wrong. These kids could humiliate a fully grown adult with their wit and charm. So the decision is always hard. Besides, what if one of these kids was to be the next generation’s Picasso, Rafael or Michaelangelo? What if my choice led them to think that their drawings are ugly and that I snuffed out their first attempts at creating their masterpiece?
I began sorting through the pile and picked out five of the most colorful drawings. Some were really funny. You could see the imagination oozing out from their minds and carefully transferred on paper. Some drew faces, some with box like bodies. Others took their imagination far and placed umbrellas, clouds and a sun on their animal drawings like some modernized Aesop’s fables.
I couldn’t come up with any criteria rather my mind refused to do so. Finally, I chose three of the most colorful drawings. It was a strenuous process. Deciding which is good and not good drawing is a hard choice, especially when you want to look at everyone’s efforts and want everyone to at least win or have the best drawing. Yet a choice has to be made no matter how painful the choice could be.
This is just simplified.
In life we have to take bitter choices. Once the choice has been made, we can never go back. Big decisions like career, marriage and beliefs could be a long and hard road. Once taken, there’s no assurance of going back. It’s especially harder if the options are all good and all can make you grow.
In the same manner, there’s a God who also had to make a hard choice.
“This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus,who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.”
1 Timothy 2:3-6
In Paul’s letter to the young Timothy, he urged everyone, and that includes everyone, to praise and worship the Lord. One of his reasons was that the Lord wanted to save everyone. He doesn’t want to leave anyone. Yet a decision has to be made.
What makes it harder for Him was that the decision to be saved and to be with Him has not always been His. Most of the time, it is we who decided not to go with Him. It is our choice not to accept what salvation He has offered us. It’s like being offered gold but choosing rocks or clay instead. He cannot do anything but to weep for the lost soul who refused to listen to His nudges and urges.
Remember the ark? While building, Noah has been persistent in convincing the people of his generation to remember God. Yet, only 8 people, his own family, decided to come inside the ark. When floods came, it was too late for anyone to join Noah inside the ark.
In the same manner, we should choose God because He also chooses us. He wants us to be with Him for eternity. Don’t waste that choice.