If I were to ask you what does 600, 4284, and 222768 represent, immediately your minds would go into think-mode for an answer. Was there a major world event 600 years into human history? Does 4284 represent a famous person’s birthdate? Or could $222,768 be the average weekly salary of a top professional football player in the NFL. Whereas, all of these are possibilities, none are the correct answers.
Rather, the real meaning of these numbers has to do with “decisions”. What is a “decision”? A decision is a choice that you and I make about something after thinking about it, the act of reaching a conclusion or making up one’s mind.
According to studies, the average human makes about 600 plus decisions a day. That equals 4284 decisions in a week, and 222,768 in a year. As human beings, we are constantly in a decision-making frame of mind. Consider the number of decisions you have determined for yourself up to this very point; to get out of bed, to pray, to bath, what clothes to wear, to have breakfast, to stay home, to go out, to check your social media, to walk your pet, to exercise, to or not to warm your car and pull off, the direction to drive your car, to allow a motorist to merge into your lane, to take lunch to work, to go to church, etc. I just named 15 things that you probably made a decision on this thus far! Those capable of making decisions are privileged to have the power of choice. The power to choice includes making wise and foolish decisions.
Wisdom is the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise. God affords the rational mind the ability to gain wisdom, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him” – Jam 1:5. And God expects every person that ask for wisdom to know how to use it because it is he who endows us, “And thou shalt speak unto all that are wise hearted, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron’s garments to consecrate him, that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office” – Exodus 28:1-3. The power to make a good decision should be evident through our experiences and knowledge which produce our choices!
A foolish decision lacks good sense or judgment; unwise, and is a reasonable alternative to wisdom. Consider the foolish choice of a man who decides to make the acquaintance of foolish woman, “A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing. 14 For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city, 15 To call passengers who go right on their ways: 16 Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, 17 Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. 18 But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell” – Prov 9:13-18. Those who are normally right in their thinking are sometimes drawn away through unsuspecting allurements. Thus, when they make such foolish choices, the end is often destructive!
At the Beltway church of Christ; Sunday’s, mid-week, and every day provided to us, we have made the same wise decision that Joshua made in Joshua 24:15, “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve…” You are cordially invited to be with us and to do the same!