This will be a fairly long post so it will come in various parts. I should explain the Title too. after living by the river for 10 years with the indians alot of my examples are based on that life. A Ye´kwana indian would decide between a crossroad in the path through the jungle, but he would more frequently have to choose between branches in the river or small creeks of oportunity that can open up onto different river systems altogether.
Sometimes I start thinking about my life and how I got to where I am. Then I try to think of the decisions that got me here. Where would I be if I had (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade) "Chosen Poorly!" Were all of my major decisions like the old game show...."Lets make a Deal" which door do you want, number one or number two. Is that how God is?
I have a lot of young preacher boys asking me how to know God's will in there lives. The answer isn't that simple, cut and dried. But neither, do I believe, is it really that tricky. Do we really think that God will give us a choice of two doors, one that is a life of infinate blessing and the other that gives us a life that make us believe in purgatory? Get Real. That is not my God, nor the God of the Bible.
The most important crossroad I ever came to was the day I received Christ as my Saviour. I was only 6 at the time so I don't think there were many life changing "turns" prior to that.
Although I do remember the day I got off the school bus and went to play with my brand new best friend, and forgot to go home and tell Mom where I was..... When I showed up for supper and FELT the Wrath of MOM from my Dad´s 30 foot long leather belt. My life was changed forever!!!!! He was definately NOT my brand new best friend after that and I learned to always follow the Arrow that showed the way home first!!!!!!!!! I guess that is my first big lesson....... Always choose to go Home When you can.
Other Crossroads in My Life:
My Call to Ministry
Joining the Marine Corps
Changing to a Small Bible College in New Hampshire
That pretty redheaded PK that I married -- (We'll get a couple of Blogs out of that ONE!!!)
Call as a Missionary
Choosing a Mission Board
Choosing a Country of Service
Choosing a Place of Service in that Country, -- The village of Chajuraña
These are the biggies... there are many more... and in each there are many new question and a lot of the same questions. for example.... What is the difference between the leading of the Lord and a calling from the Lord?
Was God serious when he said... "Delight thyself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of you heart.?" All of these are questions for another day.
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