Pondering the wise thing

April 3, 2008 — Leave a comment

Texas BluebonnetsThis past Tuesday was a different kind of Tuesday for me. Rather than the usual staff meeting, our church staff took a roadtrip to Galveston to look at a beach house for a possible student ministry event.

When the e-mail first came, inviting me to take the trip, I was excited about the possibility. Then reality began to set in. I had some difficulty rescheduling clients. There were plenty of things needing attention at the office. And we would be on the road for twelve hours. Twelve hours!!

As I wrestled with juggling schedules and making my decision, I eventually asked and applied what Andy Stanley describes as “the best question ever”: What is the wise thing to do?

Several things crossed my mind as I pondered the wise thing to do. After all, I had lots of e-mail and phone calls to return. The mess on my desk was getting deeper. A day out of the office would mean getting even more behind. With those things in mind, I felt my naturally serious self turning toward scrapping the hurried trip to the Texas coast.

And then the gravity of the question really hit me. Essentially, I began to look at it this way: What matters most?

A new perspective. . . a different angle. . . a fresh approach. That’s what I needed in order to reach the wisest choice.

I decided that the e-mails could wait. One more day wouldn’t kill me. The mess on my desk would still be there when I returned from the trip. Perhaps I would get further behind. . . but I could still get caught up. So I decided to go on the journey.

What made the difference for me? Well, I decided that it was better to invest in the relationships with my friends and co-workers than to focus on the mundane — although generally meaningful — stuff that typically characterizes my work week.

We left at 6:30 a.m. and didn’t get home until after 8:00 p.m. It was a long day indeed. However, it was a day in which we were able to talk and share and laugh and just be together. The company was good and the seafood at lunch was great! Another perk of a Texas roadtrip in the spring is the awesome scenery, always enhanced by the natural beauty of the wildflowers.

Sometimes it’s good to get away. . . do something different. . . have a change of scenery and pace. And it’s always good to invest in relationships with those you care about.

One thing you must remember in life: the wise thing may not appear all that wise at first glance. Wisdom involves prayer, discretion, and careful mulling over the options — and their consequences. More than that, it involves being obedient to the voice of the Lord, even when that obedience runs counter to logic and conventional wisdom.

And remember, the quality of your tomorrow hinges on the wise choices you make today.

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