Sunday, September 17, 2006

Like a Kid in a Toy Store

Key Verse -- Psalm 37:3-4 Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. 4 Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Yesterday I had the unique experience of taking our boys to ToysRUs to spend some money they had been saving for a while. They've been dying to spend their savings, but I held them off until after their birthday (so they didn't unwittingly buy items they would receive as gifts). It was a great day - the ToysRUs people helped them celebrate by giving them balloons and birthday crowns, and they announced their special day over the intercom. Several people came up and told the boys 'Happy Birthday', and the staff members frequently offered assistance and let the boys show off their selections. It was fun to follow them around the store while they attempted to spend their hard earned $20. They had a blast.

It was fascinating to see that, though they are twins, they have such different approaches to decision making.

Kevin is very decisive. He walked into the store and selected the toys he wanted off the first shelf we saw. As we meandered through the rest of the store, he never changed his mind about his treasures.

Chris, on the other hand, is very methodical in his decision making. He had to see every possible option for spending his money before he could narrow down his choices. Then he went back and forth trying to find the best toy for his money. After about an hour and a half, he made his selection.

Although both decision making techniques have their drawbacks, each boy was very happy with his selection, and they played with their new toys for the rest of the day. Both methods resulted in success.

God puts many options in front of us, and often He's prepared blessings for us regardless of the choice we make. I've agonized in the past over a variety of life changing decisions, and often, while seeking God's guidance, I get a strong answer that the choice is up to me! He is ready to support whichever option I want. Honestly, sometimes I'd prefer a letter in the mail that tells me clearly what to do, but in the long run I much prefer God's plan. He loves us so much that He gives us a whole toy store of great options to choose from!

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