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SERMON: Decisive Indecision

You know that old adage that says you make a choice even if you don't make a choice? Such a notion suggests that if a person does not make a decision, that is a decision in and of itself. Suppose a job opportunity comes up and being unsure if you want to take on the workload, you miss the chance and someone else gets the position.

This is an example of a time when being undecided is a decision. In this case by not actively choosing to take the new job responsibilities it became a default choice to not take them. One could surmise that by passing on the road to career growth a person has chosen stagnation.

Through this protocol, we can take informed action, rather than leaping at a prospect we may not want, or failing to take
hold of one we do.

However, that perceived uncertainty and indecisiveness could be the result of a weighing of priorities, and that is the ultimate goal we must strive for in order to avoid choices by indecision.

One way to dodge this limiting our options through hesitancy or irresolution is by having priorities. Through the strength of the goals, values or ideals we have and are striving for we can make these choices much easier. Returning to the original scenario, if you are offered that same opportunity but it will limit the time you get to spend with your kids, spouse or loved ones, perhaps the career advancement is not balanced for you.

In order to know that and be able to make such a decision, a person has to do a cost benefit analysis of their priorities. There is special testing and one of the results of it is that we may be able to learn what kind of worker we are. If your personality favors balance in your life and work, then you may be inclined to opt for a lesser workload if it meant more valuable time to pursue other interests.

If a potential employer or client requests something of a dubious nature, it becomes a question of values. Certainly it may pay well, but before spending the time to consider that job or proposal, a prudent person has already decided what their choice will be. Is it a missed opportunity? To some it may be, but weighed with personal business values there is no question.

So rather than being unsure of what to do when the situation arises, you should already know how you feel about such requests and thus are able to make a smooth decision based on values. You can safely choose not to pursue the job or proposal rather than coming to that point and making a decision you may regret, or regretting not making a decision.

The choices we make in life are based on the values we live by. Oftentimes in order for decisive action to be taken, we must weight our options against these values. Of course there are situations we cannot fully anticipate, but by having a strong guide, whether it is moral, religious, or personal taste, it gives us greater internal leverage.

Through this protocol, we can take informed action, rather than leaping at a prospect we may not want, or failing to take hold of one we do.

If you are comfortable with your moral values, you will, as the motto has it, Be Prepared.

Adapted from a sermon by Will Clement as submitted to



This Is Such A Lovely Reminder About
Love And God's Gentle, Wonderful Creatures


The front page story of the San Francisco Chronicle told about a female humpback whale who had become entangled in a spider web of crab traps and lines; she was weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to struggle to stay afloat. She also had hundreds of yards of line rope wrapped around her body, her tail, her torso, and a line tugging in her mouth.

A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farralone Islands (outside the Golden Gate) and radioed an environmental group for help.

Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined that she was so bad off, the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her...

One slap of the tail could kill a rescuer.

They worked for hours with curved knives and eventually freed her.

The man who cut the rope out of her mouth says her eye was following him the whole time, and he will never be the same.

When she was free, the divers say she swam in what seemed like joyous circles.

She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time, and nudged them, pushed them gently around and thanked them. Some said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives.

May you, and all those you love,

be so blessed and fortunate

to be surrounded by people

who will help you get untangled

from the things that are binding you.

And, may you always know the joy

of giving and receiving gratitude.

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