Illustration on Decision Making 1:
During World War II, Winston Churchill was forced to make a painful choice. The British secret service had broken the Nazi code and informed Churchill that the Germans were going to bomb Coventry in Central England. He had two alternatives: (1) evacuate the citizens and save hundreds of lives at the expense of indicating to the Germans that the code was broken; or (2) take no action, which would kill hundreds but keep the information flowing and possibly save many more lives.
Churchill had to choose and followed the second course. Churchill said, “Sometimes, the consequences of our choice can be devastating but if it will be for the future good, we had to make a decision.”
Klyne Snodgrass, Between Two Truths – Living with Biblical Tensions, 1990, Zondervan Publishing House, p. 179.
Decision Making 2:
Illustration: I once heard the story of a man who finally worked up the courage to propose marriage to the girl of his dreams. Dropping to one knee, he looked his beloved in the eye and said: “Jane, I know I’m not wealthy like Tom. I recognize that I’m not handsome like Tom. I may not be as well-educated as Tom. But I love you, Jane.” The woman, obviously moved, responded sincerely: “Why, I love you too, John. But tell me a little more about Tom!”
Illustration on making the right choice:
There was a story several years ago about twin sisters who had an alcoholic mother. One of them became an alcoholic, but the other didn’t drink at all.
When the alcoholic one was asked why, she said, “Well, my mother was an alcoholic, so what can you expect?” When the other was asked why she wouldn’t drink she said, “Well, my mother was an alcoholic, so what do you expect?” You see, the choice is ours.
Decision Making Illustration:
I took this from Christianity Today new reader.
A hooded man armed with a large knife was in church one day. While the pastor was preaching, he made a wrong choice. He suddenly leaped from his seat inside a church, rushed at the pastor and was about to stab the man of God when he suddenly froze as if gripped by an “invisible force” and fell to the ground convulsing as churchgoers quickly disarmed the assailant.
The astonishing incident was caught on camera inside the Pentecostal IPUC Bosa church in Bogota, Colombia, the Mirror UK reported. As the knife-wielding man attacked, the video footage showed the pastor, Pedro Pablo Martin, calmly saying, “There is power in the name of Jesus,” repeating this several times. Just inches away from the pastor, the attacker then took his hood down and then appeared to lose his balance as he collapsed to the floor.
The worshipers disarming the assailant who began to convulse on the floor.
The church later said what the worshipers just witnessed was God directly intervening to stop evil from harming a man of God. “We have a powerful God and his name is Jesus Christ. There is power in the name of Jesus,” a church spokesman said.
What can we learn from this story? I pray this will not happen here but it is clear. The man made a wrong choice and suffered the consequences of his action. The pastor made the right choice and the Lord protected him. Our choices will determine our destiny
I can’t make decisions illustration:
A farmer hired a man to work for him. He told him his first task would be to paint the barn and said it should take him about three days to complete. The man finished the job in one day. The farmer set him to cutting wood, telling him it would require about 4 days. The hired man finished in a day and a half, to the farmer’s amazement. The next task was to sort out a large pile of potatoes. He was to arrange them into three piles: seed potatoes, food for the hogs, and potatoes that were good enough to sell. The farmer said it was a small job and shouldn’t take long at all. At the end of the day the farmer came back and found the hired man had barely started. “What’s the matter here” the farmer asked. “I can work hard, but I can’t make decisions!”