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He chose wisely

By Gerry Lewis | Published Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Perhaps you’ve seen those commercials where 14-year-olds use phrases like “back in my day.” I think I’m offended.

They are making fun of those of us who are old enough to have had a day. But I’ll get over it.

There. I’m over it.

Back in my day, when Harrison Ford was rugged Indiana Jones, instead of the geriatric version from the last movie, Lucasfilm released “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.” It was 1989. I was 27, had a baby girl just learning to walk and had been a pastor for about six months.

There is a scene toward the end of the movie that became the source of quite a few sermon illustrations. The movie’s evil madman drinks from a cup that he believes to be the Holy Grail, the cup of Christ, believing it will give him immortality.

In a matter of seconds, the aging process goes into overdrive, and he shrivels up, dies and turns to dust on the spot.

In a classic understatement, the ancient knight who has been guarding the chalice says, “He chose poorly.”

You think?

I’ve made some poor choices in my life. Thankfully, none of them has resulted in my face melting off. I’ve also made some wise choices.

Certainly, responding to the offer of salvation through Christ was the wisest choice ever. Marrying Mrs. Sweetie runs right up there near the top. I could go on, but since I didn’t go on with the poor ones, I’ll end the list here.

There is, however, one more wise choice I want to mention. In 2009, I chose to accept an invitation to serve as the emcee for the fundraiser gala for the Wise Choices Pregnancy Resource Center in Decatur.

It is a choice I have not regretted and an opportunity for which I am humbled and blessed.

Just last week, I served in that capacity for the fifth consecutive year. It is one of the highlights of my year and has connected me with a ministry that responds with love and grace to one of the great moral issues of our day.

With a commitment to be the “kind, calm, nonjudgmental face of the prolife movement,” pregnancy centers are helping people make wise choices about the lives of their unborn babies and about their own lives as well.

In a few weeks, I will serve as the gala emcee for the Bowie PRC for the second consecutive year. Seems like I have found a new niche.

So, how do we make wise choices in all of life? Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.”

Our lives matter so much to God that He has given us the ability to choose. He has also given us His guidance so we can choose wisely.

What choice will you make today?

Dr. Gerry Lewis is director of missions for the Harvest Baptist Association, which is headquartered in Decatur. He writes a blog at www.lifematterstoday.blogspot.com.

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