Many of you reading this blog may never have heard those words as the title of a program. But as I was growing up, the Billy Graham association radio program was called that, the Hour of Decision. The title itself indicates that there are points in our lives when we must make a choice. And the hour is now.
For me, there are points of decision every day. Not just mundane things like what shall I eat or what shall I wear today. Important things, like what will I do today to grow closer to Jesus? How will I spend my time today? How will I serve the needs of others today? What can I do to improve my work environment? Who can I pour my life into today that will make a difference for tomorrow?
Do you think about questions like that each day? I try to. But some days it feels more like, how will I get everything done I need to do today? What emails or calls do I need to answer? How many meetings do I have? Can I do my work and still make it to the ________ (show, tee time, game??)
My encouragement for us all is simply this: we have the power to make a choice. Choice. By the grace of God you and I have the ability to choose how we will spend the 168 hours we have per week; how we will use the money we are stewards of; how we will speak to others; and what we will give ourselves to. Once we come to Christ, and our lives change, the new things feel weird, but perseverance will help us attain the goal by making right choices every day.
Happiness is a daily choice. Godliness is an hourly choice. Love is a choice. None of these are left to chance but formed by the daily choices we make. So are you living like a victim of your emotions and circumstance or are you making the right choices each day? This is your hour of decision.