Pull the Trigger!
Friday, February 1, 2019
“In war, anything is better than indecision. We must decide. If I am wrong, we shall soon find it out, and can do the other thing. But not to decide wastes both time and money and may ruin everything.” – Gen. Ulysses S. Grant
I came across today’s quote while reading a biography of Ulysses S. Grant. He had been asked by an army subordinate to approve a major expenditure and, after only a brief review, Grant signed off on it. The junior officer asked Grant if he was sure and the general replied, “No, but…” He then went on to offer his reasoning as stated above.
The older I get, the more I detest inaction and indecision. Maybe it’s because – as I approach my 60th birthday in September – I realize that my time on earth is growing relatively short. Unlike the young men in their teens and twenties who I minister to on the basketball court every week, I don’t have the luxury of “putting off until tomorrow what I can do today.”
I am also increasingly motivated by two other incontrovertible facts: people are dying without Christ every day, and Jesus is coming back soon. These two “deadlines” drive me to share my faith with a greater sense of urgency.
Please don’t get me wrong. I am not advocating running headlong into every situation without first counting the cost (Luke 14:28-30). However, I am increasingly frustrated with the “paralysis of analysis” that I see affecting so many Christians …and infecting so many churches.
I shared the following analogy with my church family this past week as part of my Sunday sermon. Jack Nicklaus, the greatest golfer of all time, never grounds his club. Instead, he waggles it, hovering over-top the ball until he is ready to swing. The Golden Bear’s reasoning is simple: he believes that it is easier to start your backswing when the club is already in motion.
Remember…God didn’t tell Abram where He was going when he left Ur of the Chaldees. He simply pointed Him in the right direction and instructed him to start walking.
“When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, ‘Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.’” Luke 5:4 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President