Inspiration from the Carpenter – Deal or No Deal

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Every week day afternoon, before the news, I love to watch Deal or No Deal while I’m getting dinner ready or feeding Magdalene.

I really enjoy watching this game show, but sometimes the contestants frustrate me. I get frustrated with the ones that lose the plot and go for broke.  The ones that get offered a large amount of money but choose No Deal only to lose their highest case and be offered a smaller amount. They continue to choose No Deal until all cases have been exhausted and they accept a measly $150 (or less) when they could have settled for a couple of grand had they accepted the next lower offer.

I know it’s only a game. But I sometimes feel for the contestants when the game goes pear shaped. After making bad decisions in the game, they have the hide to ask for a Mega Guess from Walter (the bank) because they lost hope and didn’t accept any of the deals that were offered.

Deal or No Deal often reminds me of the Christian Life. Walter is God and we are the contestants choosing which path we want to take. We make a decision and when it doesn’t go to plan or doesn’t turn out how we expected,  we pray and ask God for a ‘Mega Guess’ to get us out of our crappy situation.

What I have learned over time though, is that every situation we get ourselves into, whether good or bad, has the potential to grow us and build us into better people.

It’s with this penny dropping piece of advice that I realized, no matter what decisions I make in my life, I will always be learning, no matter the consequence. I can trust that God will be with me to deal with the after effects of my decision whether good or bad.

It means I don’t have to be fearful when I make a decision or procrastinate because I don’t want to make a mistake.

Procrastination is one of my worst fears because I hate being stagnant. I’m a doer, but being too keen and forceful can mean I can be a bit hasty too.

When making decisions, the best was to approach them is to pray and ask God for wisdom. Then wait. Wait for God to clearly speak whether it’s through people or the bible. Sometimes a window of opportunity opens up that hadn’t presented itself before. Often that is God’s way of providing an answer.

Once the decision has been made, we shouldn’t back out or rethink our decision. I have learned that reasoning is a way for the devil to attack our thought life and prevent us from experiencing the blessings God wants to pour out on us when we go in a particular direction.

As you know, life dishes out some good deals and bad deals. The best way to deal with both is to trust that God will offer us divine wisdom in each and every situation when we request it from Him.

I’m clicking my fingers to say Deal to that.

Proverbs 16:20 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trust in the Lord.

You don’t drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there.  Anonymous