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deciding to jump

The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest

Deciding to Jump

A boy told his father, "Dad, if three frogs were sitting on a limb that hung over a pool, and one frog decided to jump off into the pool, how many frogs would be left on the limb?"

The dad replied, "Two."

"No," the son replied. "There are three frogs and one of them decides to jump; how many are left?"

The dad said, "Oh, I get it, if one decides to jump, the others would too. So, there are none left."

The boy said, "No dad, the answer is three. The frog only DECIDED to jump."

Does that sound like last year’s resolution? Great inspiration and great resolutions, but often times we only decide, and months later we are still on the same limb of do-nothing.

That is the problem with our decision making. We decide something, but nothing can be done unless we lay it all in God’s hands. But there is more to it than just laying it in God’s hands. We must first make sure that the decision came from God in the first place. Many of us decide to quit things that are harmful to our lives. That’s great, but we must also do things that will offset those harmful things with positive action.

Jesus said, “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” Luke 6:46 He did not say, “Why do you call me, “Lord, Lord,’ and do the things I told you not to do.” Our problem is not so much doing the don’ts, but in failing to do the do’s.

There is nothing wrong with having resolutions, so long as we make certain that God is in those resolutions, from their inception to their keeping. Jesus, talking to his disciples of the difficulty of the rich being saved, was asked by them who could be saved. He replied in Mark 10:27, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”

If you want to accomplish the impossible, look to God! See if it is something He would want in your life; ask for his powerful hand in the process, decide to do it and do it.

It’s not done ‘til you’ve done it. Ain’t that profound?

This past Sunday we began a series of 4 messages on the theme; RESOLUTIONS THE WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE. We discussed the resolution, or commitment to Forget, or leave behind our failures and even our successes and strain forward toward the prize God has for us. This was based on Philippians 3:13-14. Part 2 is this Sunday which is Commit Yourself to Give up Your Grudges based on Colossians 3:13-14. I hope you will come to the service and bring your friends, relatives, co-workers, classmates, and neighbors. Let God accomplish the impossible through biblical commitments you make in your life.

Yours for deciding AND doing in 2019,


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