No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind
is fit for the kingdom of God.
We are expected to be decisive but decisions bring consequences. They challenge us to move into commitments and responses. All commitments involve sacrifice. They impose responsibilities on us; they require an unequivocal “yes.” Freedom is found in decisiveness while indecisiveness paralyzes and immobilizes us. Decisiveness enables us to focus on where we’re going; indecision or vacillation holds us captive and standing in place. Jesus said to His disciples: “No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God.” We are meant to freely choose to love God and respond to the call to bring truth, life and love into our inner world and into the world around us. We are called to decide to act not on emotions and feelings but rather to choose to follow Christ and act on this decision.
The Lord is my light and my salvation– whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold
of my life– of whom shall I be afraid?
Reflect on what prevents you from following your convictions decisively. What is holding you back? Of what are you afraid?
And to another he said, “Follow me.”
But he replied, “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.”
But he answered him, “Let the dead bury their dead.
But you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
And another said, “I will follow you, Lord,
but first let me say farewell to my family at home.”
To him Jesus said, “No one who sets a hand to the plow
and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God.”
Luke 9:51 – 62
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.
The way to develop decisiveness is to start right where you are, with the very next question you face.
The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.
Vincent Van Gogh
You can either advance boldly in the direction of your dreams, or retreat fearfully into the safety of the habitual
The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect, and beginning the work of being yourself.
We will never have all the facts to make a perfect judgment, but with the aid of basic experience we must leap bravely into the future.
It’s better to be boldly decisive and risk being wrong than to agonize at length and be right too late.
Marylin Moats Kennedy
Be willing to make decisions. That’s the most important quality in a good leader.
George S Patton