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That Escalated Quickly

Updated: Feb 14, 2020

I'm sure you've been here before... A snap decision was made that seemed fine, but it turned out worse than you could've imagined. That's the explanation behind the picture on this post.

I was helping my Mother-in-law move from Tallahassee to Atlanta by driving the Uhaul. She was leading the way in her minivan and I was following closely. When she went through the carport, I thought I'd make it through with no problems. Everything seemed fine. But it wasn't. It wasn't fine at all.

This situation escalated quickly. I put 19 of that 26 foot moving van though the carport roof. I learned a lot about insurance that day.

There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death. Proverbs 16:25 NLT

This passage is from Proverbs, the book of wisdom. Like the verse above, it has many words of caution. It also has many words of blessing.

God created you and I to reap the benefits of making wise decisions. When we walk in wisdom, we get to experience God's favor. Wisdom is bigger than right or wrong, good or evil, yes or no. Making a truly wise decision means wrestling with a deeper set of questions.

Why do I want this? Be honest about your motivation.

Will this move me toward my goals? Be realistic about the benefits.

Will this become a story I'm proud to share? Be aware of the potential consequences.

There are times in life where you must weigh out the options set before you. Often we make our choices based the minimum criteria of what seems "not so bad". You may not be confronted with deciding between good and evil. You may not be making a life or death decision. But you are making daily decisions that are either wise or foolish.

Something that's "not so bad" may also be not so beneficial. If you want to live a blessed life, it's gotta be a wise life.

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My life is steadied by three anchors - Jesus, my family, and grilling. If you hang around here, I hope you'll see that to be true, not just an aspiration. You'll probably also see room for improvement in how I relate to all three. I'm a tremendous beneficiary of grace in just about every area of my life. Jesus has been my king for 20 years and for 15 of those I've been serving his church. I couldn't ask for a better job than pastoring. Erica stole my heart 10 years ago and we've been married for 8. So much of our world revolves around our 2 kids, Declan and Adelaide. Erica and I are both on staff at church in the Atlanta, Georgia area called More Life Change.


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