You Can Decide Your Choices…Part 1

11 06 2007

At Epic, we’ve been journeying through the series, “Girls Gone Wild Bible Style” and learning from some of the wild women of the Bible. Each week the stories have challenged me in what it means to live a life fully devoted to Christ. This we examined the choices that we make in life through the decisions made by the girl gone wild Delilah (as well as the boy gone wild Samson). You can decide your choices, but you can’t choose your consequences. We can chose what we are going to do any situation, but we don’t get the privilege of choosing the consequences that come with that choice.

Sammy fell in love for a beautiful Lilah, which is not bad in itself. But when she led to him and lied him on, Sam chose to avoid the relational red flags and stayed with her. Ultimately she was playing him for cold cash and in order to turn him in to the Philistine rulers for a cold cash. Never once in the Bible does it say that Lila loved Sammy. Day after day, Lila played the “if you really loved me…” card and finally he gave into her pressure and he revealed the secret of his strength. As a Nazirite set apart for God since birth, his hair had never been cut and if it was cut, he would as weak as any other man. He choose pleasure over serving God’s purposes for his life. And that night as he slept on her lap, his enemies cut off his hair. They seized him, gouged out his eyes (the bible is not rated G) and sent him off to prison. You can decide your choices, but you can’t chose your consequences. Sammy had to have felt a lot like this Simple Plan video.

The more I thought about it, I realized that I’m not that much different than Sammy. How many times have I found to myself saying after making a bonehead decision, “Tim, what were you thinking?” How could you raise your voice to the kids over something so insignificant? How could you blow that situation way out of proportion? How could you let your feelings dictate the your actions? What were you thinking? Ever been there? The cool thing is that God doesn’t give up on us.

It’s never too late to be who you might have been.

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13 06 2007
Spartan Sojourner

Tim,

Thanks for sharing the video. I had never seen it and it is quite a profound and thought provoking way of looking at the affect our choices have on other people. Glad to know that I can keep up with what is happening at Epic no matter where I am over the next two years. I miss the Epic family greatly and look forward to seeing them again some time over the summer.

~John

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