Summary: Good Decisions, Bad Decisions, they are all made with the same process. Outline of the process, (walk, stand, sit) and a detailed look at the blessed man from Psalm 1.
I might not know where you are in life today, but I do know how you got there. I don’t know if you are in a place that you are proud of, or the place that brings shame, but I know how you got there.
The answer is found in Psalms 1:1-2
1 Blessed is the man
who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
or stand in the way of sinners
or sit in the seat of mockers.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
Psalms 1:1-2 (NIV)
Cleverly woven into those opening verses we find a pattern that carries us through life.
WALK – STAND – SIT
Here is how it works. You start off by walking by something in life that attracts you, good or evil, it attracts you. And you have the choice to make. Will you linger on around it, or will you let it take you to the next level.
The next level is standing. Standing is different than walking, because when you are standing you have made a choice to engage. When you are walking you can just look, and keep on going. But when you stop moving, and you start standing, you’ve made a choice to further investigate. Get some more information, find out what this thing is all about.
The next step is to sit down. You have made your choice, you have decided to actively participate and now when others walk by, they will recognize you as a part of this thing and it becomes a part of who you are.
Let me give you an example.
My father and his family moved to Canada in the late 1953. When my dad was about 8 years old a major construction project began right across the road from his house. He was very curious about it and so he walked across the road to see what was going on. He found someone who looked knowledgeable and inquired to what the project was. “We are building a church” they told him. The first Sunday that church opened my dad was sitting there in the pew, and his life has never been the same.
Do you see the progression; 1. he walked over to see what was going on.
2. He stood with the workers who invited him to come to church.
3. He took his seat in the church, making a commitment and a statement.
Look back over your life to where you are today. Can you see the pattern in your life.
You start off just by being curious or interested in something, or someone. Then you go over and ask some questions. You start to consider the information that you are receiving and you process what that might mean for you.
And then you take your place. You decide that this is something that you are going to do and you sit down and it becomes a part of who you are.
Keep in mind, this is true of good and evil. It is true of all the choices we make. The progression can happen under a minute, or it can take years to develop.
It’s how a person decides to do something like start smoking. They walk with or over to their friends who smoke. Then, they stand around for a while. Giving those voices a chance to speak into their lives. Then, they take a seat with the others. They make the decision to smoke and it changes their life forever.
Some things that we enter into life will affect us in different degrees. Choosing what friends we associate with in Junior High School might encourage us to get the best grades or to drop out. Other decisions don’t seem like a big deal. Perhaps you are influenced to choose Strawberry ice cream instead of chocolate.