by Jerry Watts

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Cause and Effect of a Bad Decision (27 of 70)
Series: Mark - God's Message for Today
Jerry Watts
Mark 6:14-29

The words of Eleanor Roosevelt ring true: One's philosophy is not best expressed in words. It is expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.

To put it another way, "Life is result of our choices." It may be true that there are two sides to every question, but it is also true that there are two sides to a sheet of flypaper, and it makes a big difference to the fly which side he chooses.

In the matter of decisions, I was reading this week at story in Reader's Digest which I think hits all of us at some level. She wrote, "In my search for an assistant, I had narrowed the applicants to two women. One had more experience; the other was more personable. I headed for my boss's office, still undecided. Realizing I needed help, he produced a quarter, saying, "Heads, It's experience. Tails, it's personality." He flipped the quarter into the air and then asked, "Quick! What are you thinking?" "Tails," I blurted. It was true. I had been wishing it would come up tails. The quarter landed in his palm and without looking at it, he said, "Call Personnel with your executive decision."

What I am saying is this, "Our lives are indeed a result of the decisions we make - both good and bad."

We decide on jobs, cars, houses, mates, attitudes, church, our place we live, friends, and even what we believe about God. The greatest decision we make is heard in the question from Pilate before the mob, "What then shall I do with this man, Jesus?"

Today, we have read a very sad story. It is like a cross between "The Young and Restless" and "As the World turns." Just like those characters, King Herod demonstrates the impact of a decision.

• Our scripture begins, "King Herod heard of this" which spins two q ...

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