Deferred Decisions

Robert Strand

The former United States President, Ronald Reagan, told the story about himself, when he was a young teen, about decision making. A kind aunt of his had taken him to the local shoemaker to have a pair of shoes custom-made just for him. The shoemaker asked, among other questions, "Do you want a round toe or a square toe?"

dressshoesYoung Reagan hemmed and hawed and couldn't make up his mind. So the cobbler said, "Come back in a day or two and tell me what you want."

A few days later the shoe-maker saw Ronald on the street and asked what he had decided about his shoes. "I haven't made up my mind, yet," Reagan answered.

"Very well," said the shoe-maker. "Your shoes will be ready for you to pick up late in the day tomorrow."

When Reagan picked up his had a round toe and the other a square toe! Reagan said, "Looking at those shoes taught me a life lesson. If you don't make your own decisions, somebody else makes them for you."

Got a moment for another story? In Guyana, 60 miles up the Essequibo River in the village of Bartica, in the center of the town square, there's a huge white monument built on top of a concrete square. It's impressive! But there is no inscription. Ask anybody about it and no one knows why or what it was erected for. Strange...a monument to nothing!

What about your life? Will it be a monument to nothing? Or will you make the decisions and choices that will make your life count for something?

 "Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve...but as for me...I will serve the Lord!" (Joshua 24:15).