I was 18 years old when I made the choice of my college major, and later my career.
My mom was enjoying her occupation as a pediatric nurse, so she encouraged me to pursue it as well. I remember laying on my parents’ bed with her and with the college course catalog (remember those??) , choosing a major, looking at credit hours, and calculating how long it would take me to graduate.
I remember feeling a little uneasy at first about the decision, but after a lot of thought and prayer, and really because I could trust my mother’s discernment, I moved forward.
And I’m glad I did.
That decision shaped a lot of my character and had a lot of bearing on how I treat my patients today.
Our parents didn’t have all the answers back then, but they trusted in a sovereign God, so they guided us in the best way they knew.
As a mother, I see a lot of my mom in my own parenting. It’s funny to look back and realize how intuitive our parents were even though at the time we didn’t appreciate it.
We have been reading the story of Samson as a family.
Although set apart by a Nazirite vow, Samson had several choices he had to make. When it came to decision making, he made several wrong choices that showed poor discernment.
Take, for example, the time he took honey from the carcass of a lion he had killed. As a Nazirite, he was not allowed to touch a dead animal, yet he still chose to do so.
And we can’t forget the decision he made to give away the secret of his strength to a woman he loved, but a woman who didn’t believe in the true God. He made a choice… a poor one.
Prior to Samson meeting this woman, his parents had disagreed with his decision to find a wife among the ungodly people.
Samson later died with this group of people after God had strengthened him once more and allowed him to kill “many more when he died than while he lived.” (Judges 16:30)
God has given us many opportunities to make choices. We need to make sure that we are relying on the guidance of trustworthy, godly people. As we see from Samson’s story, there are consequences for poor decisions. We’ve all suffered from those.
But- there are also rewards to the good ones we make. Listen to your parents, surround yourself with good friends. Get away from the noise and open your Bible. God will guide you to the right verses, the right people, and ultimately, the right decision.