I’m typically a decisive person. David asks me, “What color roof shall I order for this project?” I look at his samples, ask a few questions, and choose. Clients ask, I advise. Friends need guidance, I always have an opinion. Easy. Breezy. But not so the other day. I beheld a beautiful menu at a new restaurant. Many great choices. I vacillated. The veggie sampler plate. No, today’s special sounds phenomenal. But so does the beef braised tacos. Back and forth I went. I could barely stand myself. I hate indecision. The helpful waiter gave his input; “I’m a meat and potatoes kinda-guy.” He had me at potatoes. I went with his suggestion. On the drive home I followed a limousine that fancily displayed a personal plate: CHOICES. I was mesmerized by the plate, thinking of Joshua’s sermon to the Israelites.
“Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:14-15.
Joshua says to choose. Be decisive. He had resolved to serve the Lord. However, he did not say that he chose (past tense), a once-for-all choice. Yes, he had chose to serve the Lord but life is not static, things change. We discover that when we read about the Israelites choosing God, then replacing Him with other idols. Our hearts and desires change. So Joshua says to choose. To keep on choosing. Every moment.
I chose once and for all. But I also choose, and I choose again. Choose this day, choose in this moment. “But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” And I won’t be indecisive.