Everyone had told me not to – friends, parents, brothers, teachers, enemies – yet there I was with my tongue stuck to a frozen tetherball pole – haha. Have you ever been in the moment, making a bad decision, knowing full-well that you’re making a bad decision, and yet still proceeding? I had seen someone else do it and leave part of their tongue on the pole, and all the pain that goes with it – yet there I was. I had imagined the agony, considered the finger wagging I’d get from all of the people who warned me, literally had no one goading me on to do it – yet there I was – tongue stuck to a frozen pole. And I lived with the consequences – all food tasting like rubber for a few weeks – people acting like I was a bozo (which I was). To this day I still can’t fully pinpoint why I put my tongue to that darn pole (some of you are wagging your finger at me in your heads right now – it’s ok – I’m good with it).
This is the reality that our world finds itself in daily – we know full-well about God and His best plan for our life and world . . .
“What may be known about God is plain to [people], because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities– his eternal power and divine nature– have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” (Rom. 1:19-20 NIV)
. . . Yet we fight against His plan, pretend He doesn’t exist, try a different plan even though His is amazing – like reaching out our warm, delicate, perfectly designed for tasting, tongue and putting it to a frozen metal pole – like a bunch of bozos.
Here are some keys to winning in that moment of decision . . .
- Reconnect with your conscience. Holy Spirit is raising up in you and saying – go this way, go this way, go this way. Empower His voice in your heart – let Him become the loudest voice in you.
- Follow the way of peace. Peace is an umpire that will guard your heart and your mind and help to lead you into better decision making.
- Seek good counsel. Not all counsel is created equal. There is wise and foolish counsel. Wisdom is proved right by her actions. Don’t seek relationship counsel from someone whose relationships are unhealthy (duh, but we do it). It’s time to seek wise counsel, and then follow it (that is, if you ever want to get honest counsel from that person again – haha).
- Align with your end game. God has already won, you’re on His side – you’re going to win. You can’t lose this battle. In fact, this battle is over before it started. Align your decision making process with that truth and make the right one today. This is your moment.