The Ultimate Challenge of Being Human

On visiting the office of a Chicago architect, I noticed a poster that read, “Not to decide is to decide.”

At some point in our human development we become aware of our decision-making capacity. We also realize that we possess resources—time, energy, personality, etc. Along the way we add other resources such as education, skills, money, and influence. We can employ our decision-making capacity to invest this package of resources however we choose.

One option is not to decide. Instead of utilizing our decision-making capacities, we can just live life as it comes, following our inclinations at the moment. This approach employs feelings as our GPS, guidance by the contemporary mantra, “If it feels good, do it.” However, as the poster declared, opting out of the decision-making process nonetheless constitutes a decision. For the human being, deciding how we use our lives is inescapable, even if we decide not to decide.

That reality is inconsequential if as the evolutionists assert we arrived on the planet by accident. The hippies may be right after all, that selecting the alternative that maximizes good feelings is the way to go.

However, they are wrong. As Nebuchadnezzar declared, “But there is a God in heaven.” Scripture teaches that God has given us those resources and the capacity to choose how we use them. Correspondingly, Scripture asserts that He holds us responsible to invest them according to His directives. Ultimately we will give an account to Him of our investment. As Paul succinctly states, “So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.” (Romans 14:12 NKJV)

Birth as a human ultimately leads to that performance review. There is no escape. Not to decide does not provide an out. It only provides a bad review.

One comment on “The Ultimate Challenge of Being Human
  1. “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
    ‭‭II Timothy‬ ‭2:15‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

    ^came to mind while reading thought I’d share. Very interesting read today, thanks for sharing.

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