by James Merritt

Decisions, Decisions
James Merritt
Matthew 7:13-14


1. If you haven't yet seen the trilogy of movies called, The Lord Of The Rings you really need to see it. It is not only clean, but it is extremely thought provoking. The author of the work upon which those movies are based was a man named J. R. R. Tolkien.

2. A little known fact about Tolkien is he was the man that was instrumental in bringing
C.S. Lewis to faith in Jesus Christ. He spent much of his early life as an agnostic and then an atheist, but through a meeting one night with Tolkien, he became a christian. He made what he always believed was the greatest decision of his life. It was later in his life, reflecting on that, that he wrote these words.

''Every time you make a choice you are turning the central part of you, the part of you that chooses, into something a little different from what it was before and taking your life as a whole, with all your innumerable choices, all your life long you are slowly turning this central thing either into a heavenly creature or into a hellish creature: either into a creature that is in harmony with God and with other creatures and with itself or else into one that is in a state of war and hatred with God and with its fellow-creatures and with itself. To be the one kind of creature is... joy, and peace, and knowledge, and power. To the other means madness, horror, idiocy, rage, impotence, and eternal loneliness. Each of us at each moment is progressing to the one state or the other.''

3. What C. S. Lewis was simply saying was this -- life can be boiled down to one word: decisions. Decisions make you. Decisions break you. We all share in common some huge decisions that we either have made or will have to make. Two of the biggest decisions you ever make in this life are these.

1. Who Am I Going To Marry?
2. What Am I Going To Do With My Life?
If you make the wrong decision in just either one of those areas, your life can have untold ...

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