Time To Decide (6 of 10) by Jeff Strite

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Time To Decide (6 of 10)
Series: Journey Through Jeremiah
Jeff Strite
Jeremiah 15:15-21

OPEN: (A Poem by Dr. Seuss)
Did I ever tell you about the young Zoad - who came to a sign at the fork of the road?
He looked one way and the other way too - the Zoad had to make up his mind what to do.
Well, the Zoad scratched his head, and his chin, and his pants. -
And he said to himself, ''I'll be taking a chance.
If I go to Place One, that place may be hot… so how will I know if I like it or not.
On the other hand though, I'll feel such a fool if I go to Place 2 - and find it's too cool
In that case I may catch a chill and turn blue.
So Place One may be best and not Place Two.
''Play safe!'' cried the Zoad,
''I'll play safe, I'm no dunce. I'll simply start off to both places at once.''
And that's how the Zoad who'd not take a chance
Went no place at all with a split in his pants.

APPLY: Decisions… we all have to make them.
Most of the time, our decisions are mundane as which road to take, or which box of cereal to buy at the grocery store, or which movie to watch at the theatre. These are decisions based upon personal taste.

But every once in a while, we're faced with making a decision… and we know what we should decide. We know what the right choice should be. BUT we realize that - if we make that choice - it could ultimately cost us something we hold dear.

ILLUS: Years ago, a young man was sharing about a decision he had to make in high school. He desperately wanted to be a part of the school play, and actually landed a fairly significant part. But then, he discovered that his lines included some curse words.
Well, this was a good Christian boy. He'd been raised to be courteous and respectful… and not to curse.
BUT… he desperately wanted this part… and he was afraid of what might happen if made the decision he knew he had to, in order to be faithful to God.
His solution - he changed his lines, fully aware that this might anger the directo ...

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