According to multiple sources on the Internet, the average amount of remotely conscious decisions an adult makes each day is about 35,000.
35,000 choices every single day! That is a lot of freaking choices! It's kind of hard to wrap your head around that number. For example, this morning, I chose to shut my alarm off. I chose to sit up in bed. I chose to put my feet on the ground. I chose to pick up June. I chose to say good morning to her. I chose the amount of cream I put it my coffee. I chose what music to listen to as I walked into work. And I will go on choosing things like that all day long...
35,000 choices is a lot to think about in one day, so I want to challenge you to just think about just one.
Just think about one choice that you will make today. Think about the power that one choice can have. Think about it's potential and awesomeness! Think about all the good you can do with that one choice.
Maybe that one choice is to smile at someone who looks like they are having a rough day.
Maybe it's buying the person behind you a cup of coffee.
Maybe it's telling your husband or wife that you really love them or that they look beautiful or handsome.
Maybe that one choice is not post some disgruntled comment on Facebook or choosing not to argue with a friend.
Maybe that choice is to be silent and listen instead of always talking about everything.
Maybe that choice is to not look at porn.
Maybe that choice is to open the Bible and ask God to show Himself to you.
Maybe that choice is to eat a healthy lunch... instead of two Big Macs.
Maybe today is the day that you choose to listen to your parents the first time they ask you to do something, and not the 12th time.
Or maybe that choice is to tell your mom or dad that you love them.
Maybe it's to put your phone down while you have a conversation.
It's easy to be overwhelmed by 35,000 choices. It's like looking at an entire forest and not being able to focus on a single tree. But, if we ignore the forest for just a minute and study one tree, we will actually be able to see it. We will see it's uniqueness, it's beauty and all it's intricate details. will see where it starts and where it's headed. We will see it's color, shape, size and texture.
Today will bring on a forest of choices. You can think about all the things you have to choose today and very easily decide to turn on auto-pilot and coast.. Instead, try to ignore the forest of choices and just look at one. Really think about what you can do with just one thoughtful choice. Think about where it will start and where it could end. Think about it's beauty and power. Think about all God can do with just one choice and then use it for His glory. And maybe, just maybe, that will start you on a path to start thinking about more of your choices and what they can do. Maybe today you just think about one, but tomorrow it's two and the next day three. Maybe in a month you are thinking about 10 choices you make everyday. This new way of choosing can start today by just thinking about just one.
Because, when you start to think about the choices you make, the better your choices will become. And the better they become, the you will start to see God do amazing things in your life and the lives of those around you.
Today, use 1 of your 35,000 choices to do something awesome! One is all it will take to make a difference!
"Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold." - Proverbs 8:10