So this morning, out of curiosity, I googled this question: How many choices do we make a day?
Can you guess what the answer was? I was floored. Here is what my google search told me:
“Based on this are impulsive and logic thinking, where more complex decisions are made. According to multiple sources on the Internet, the average amount of remotely conscious decisions an adult makes each day equals about 35,000. In contrast, young children only make about 3,000 decisions each day.”
I would consider myself an adult (most days). So that is 35,000! Could I possibly make that many decisions in a day?
So it got me thinking:
I made a decision to turn off the alarm and get out of bed.
I made a choice to take a shower, and wash my hair, though I probably could have waited another day.
I chose to have tea and yogurt, and then decided it was an Egg McMuffin kind of morning.
I decided what to wear - that was about 100 choices right there! Should I wear a sweater? Do I need a jacket this morning? Yup to both.
I chose what to pack for lunch.
I decided whether to answer a phone call (I did not, the only people who call the land line are duct cleaners!).
I decided to water the plants before leaving the house because they could not wait another day.
I decided which route I would take to the church to avoid traffic.
And those were only some of the decisions. I may have made more than 5,000 decisions before I left the house this morning!
Over the past four weeks we have been talking about choices. We weren’t talking about the random choices we make everyday but rather choices that actually lead us in one direction or another. Like choosing purpose over popularity, surrender over control, and the important over the urgent. If you missed our series called Choices be sure to go on the website and have a listen.
Our choices matter
Our choice matter and our choices don’t only affect us, but they affect those around us.
In the 35,000 decisions you make today, take a moment to pause before choosing. Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance and counsel. And choose to follow as the Lord leads.