Day 6, Chapter 6:
Uh oh! Someone is in trouble. You have to love the blunt truth and honesty in chapter 6. For every decision there is a consequence and knowing where that decision will lead is wisdom. Lisa TerKeurst says it perfectly in her book “The Best Yes.” Ironically it’s in chapter 6 of her book, just like we are in chapter 6 of the book of Proverbs. “Chase Down That Decision.” She describes what it means to follow a decision we could make, to the possible ending results. If those results are ones we don’t want, then we should steer away from making that choice. Lisa gives the example of being offered a latte at a coffee shop and how she loves them but they are filled with delicious calories. Once she has one, it is hard for her to kick the habit of drinking them, leading to her consuming more than her fair share in a week. For her, it would mean she would have to work extra hard in the gym if she goes past her weekly goal by having too many delicious lattes in one week. When I chase down a decision it usually is related to food. When the kids take a nap, I have a habit of snacking. If I choose ice cream and a pre-packaged cake or brownie that decision leads to me wanting that type of snack every nap time. That would lead me down the unhealthy path when I desperately want to be on the healthy path in life. Or if a friend shares something personal with me and I decide to tell someone else, other than my husband, that would lead me to building a habit of sharing things about someone to another person which isn’t very godly. Whether I intend it for prayer or for meaningless conversation (gossip), I am conditioning myself to share someone’s life with other people without their permission. “My son, obey your father’s commands, and don’t neglect your mother’s instruction.” verse 20. We have been told growing up, to watch what we say and how we say it. We have been told if you can’t say something nice, then don’t say nothing at all. Those are the commands our parents and caregivers taught us and we have this wisdom within but we rarely tap into it. Chasing down your decisions is the best thing for 2015 and going further. Reading God’s word, chasing down your decisions, sharing with your husband and close friends for accountability, and asking for wisdom is all healthy measures to making the right choices.
Heavenly Father, thank you for showing us where decisions can lead. Please continue to open our eyes to our choices and give us ears to listen to wise counsel. In Jesus name, Amen. “When you walk, their counsel will lead you. When you sleep, they will protect you. When you wake up, they will advise you.” Proverbs 6:22