Defining Moments – “Choose Wisely”
Some of you might remember the old Indiana Jones movies with Harrison Ford. In one of them they were searching for the “Holy Grail,” the cup Jesus drank out of at the Last Supper. So, in the movie Indiana Jones finds the Grail but the bad guys (the Germans) are also there and are determined to have the cup for themselves. Now, in the room are many cups and the true Grail is among them. The Knight tasked with guarding the Grail tells the bad guys they must “choose wisely.” The bad guy chooses the cup that is gold, because it is a cup for a King. Let’s just say, he dies rather quickly, and the Knight says, “he chose poorly.” Then, it’s Indiana Jones turn to choose, and he looks among the cups and chooses a very ordinary cup as it would be the cup of a carpenter. He drinks and the Knight says, “you chose, wisely.”
In life, there are many “defining moments.” Those times when there are choices to be made that can affect or alter one’s path. That happens individually and as well for businesses, organizations, churches, etc… When our oldest daughter Jennifer was getting married to Tyler, I told the story at the rehearsal dinner, of what I saw was a defining moment in Jennifer’s life. When she was a little girl, probably about five, her and I went down to our land to fly a kite. The land was cleared but we hadn’t built yet and we had some barbed wire strung across the gate area with a ribbon on it. As I was getting the stuff out of my jeep, Jennifer bolted toward the gate area as she couldn’t wait to fly her kite. I yelled “Jennifer no,” but it was too late; she hit that barbed wire strung across the opening and she got “clotheslined” hitting right in the neck area, it was a brutal hit flipping her off her feet.
I ran over to her and picked her up, holding her ever so tightly; after she stopped crying, I checked her over and she looked to be ok. I told her “Jen why don’t we just go home; we can fly your kite another day.” She said, “no Daddy, I want to stay and fly my kite.” She wiped away her tears and we had a marvelous time flying her kite. I believe that was a “defining moment” in Jen’s life. It really spoke to me about my daughter and showed me she wasn’t a quitter, she would persevere. This type of attitude served her well during very difficult times such as when Lori and I were divorced for three years (result of many poor choices of mine) and when her sister Alyssa passed. It would have been easy for her to curl up and feel sorry for herself, why me, etc… but she didn’t – she chose to live; she chose to trust God. Henry Blackaby calls it a “crisis of belief that requires faith and action.”
Currently, we are living in “defining moment times.” We are faced with choices daily; one takes us down the easy path, which is the path of death, even though the enemy calls it a path of life. Then there is the more difficult way, which is the true path of life which Jesus points us to. It was the same back in Joshua’s day, and here’s what he had to say in Joshua 24:15 (NKJV), “…Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” He chose wisely, will you? Father help us to choose wisely. We ask for your wisdom and guidance by your Spirit to help us navigate these unfamiliar waters that we are currently in. May our choices glorify you Lord Jesus and bring honor to Your name, and it is in Your name we pray, amen!
Defining Moments – “Choose Wisely”