Blessed… You’ve Got to Decide

 “The eye is the lamp of the body. Therefore, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how terrible that darkness will be! No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be loyal to the one and have contempt for the other. You cannot serve God and wealth” (Matthew 6:22-24, Common English Bible).

The train’s engineer is headed down the tracks at the posted speed limit. He is new to this particular line but the map indicates a split in the tracks with one track moving forward in a straight line and one track moving to the right. The engineer has a choice to make. The tracks may merge together down the line but right now, he must decide to go one way or the other. If the tracks merge back together again, the two tracks obviously go to the same place with the exception of any intermediate stops. That would indicate that to take the path that goes off to the right would require more distance and therefore take up more time. But, if a train traveling in the opposite direction were also on that same track were coming, not changing tracks could create a catastrophic mess. The engineer must decide. If he doesn’t decide, the tracks will decide for him.

You are driving down the road and you come to a fork in the road. You must decide to go right or go left. To not decide is to make a decision but it might mean a decision to move into the tree dead ahead that is not on the right or left path. So, you must decide.

We encounter these fork in the road decisions in our spiritual lives too. We make them everyday. Matthew reminds us of these in our reading for today. “You cannot serve two masters. You cannot serve God and wealth.” You have to decide. You have to decide what it will be today. Then, when you rise tomorrow, you must decide again, which you will serve. We all face a fork in the road everyday. We all have to decide which path to take and to not make a decision is to make a decision that might not work out so well.

Who will you serve, God or wealth. We all want to live comfortably. But, what is more important, the money we accumulate or the people God places around us. God calls us to follow. To follow means to move past the love of money to serve and love the people God calls our neighbors. When we do that, we serve and follow God.

Which is it for you, wealth or God?

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy and Peace,

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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