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From: "Forthright Magazine" <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Mon, 23 Mar 2009 20:39:36 -0300
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COLUMN: FINAL DECISION

Decide and Do
  by J. Randal Matheny, editor

   I too decided, after investigating everything
   carefully from the very first, to write an
   orderly account for you, most excellent
   Theophilus, that you may know the certainty of
   those things in which you were instructed.    
                                  Luke 1:3-4 NRSV

Doctor Luke decided and then went out and did what he'd
decided to do. By deciding and doing, he wrote a gospel
account of his Lord, which then allowed him the
opportunity to write a second volume, the book of Acts.

Together, the two books make up the largest block of
writings in the New Testament by a single writer.

Millions of decisions never get carried out. At the
time of decision the resolve is firm, the decider has
full intention of starting and finishing. But somewhere
between point A of decision and point B of execution, a
detour occurs.

Perhaps the decision was ill-considered or ill-timed.
Perhaps the decision was a bad one that never should
have been made.

But for all those, a thousand good decisions get
sidetracked. Blame it on a devious devil or a weak
will, decisions that die before getting implemented
never bless anyone and keep from leading on to more
opportunities to bless.

What decisions have you made that need to be dusted off
and given hands and feet?

* A visit that needs to be made to a weak Christian, an
  interested pagan or a needy widow;

* A letter -- sorry, wrong century -- an email to a
  discouraged wife, mother or sister;

* An offer to help someone with house work, lawn work,
  homework, you fill in the blank;

* Learning how to teach the gospel to someone and
  inviting a neighbor or friend to study the Bible;

* Inviting an elder, deacon or preacher for a meal;

* Pronouncing a loud blessing upon a Bible school
  teacher -- and offering to assist;

* Taking a flower to the church secretary, office
  manager or church bulletin editor;

* Making an extra contribution to a children's home,
  Christian youth camp, missions effort or gospel
  publication, especially needed in these tough
  times.

Somewhere in there, you most likely said, I'm going to
do that. And then let it slip.

Dig out that determination, unearth that decision, dust
off that good will, and get going!

Doctor Luke decided and did it. You can, too.

"If a man makes a vow to the Lord or takes an oath of
binding obligation on himself, he must not break his
word, but must do whatever he has promised" (Numbers
30:2 NET).

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