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Decisions, Decisions ...
... Decisions!

How hard can it be to decide?

Article Copyrighted - Debbie Porter (10th January, 2003)



There are choices all around us,
Some are easy; some are not,
But life demands decisions –
Choosing who, how, where and what!

And though we may demur and hope
To wait another day,
Those things that need deciding
Aren’t about to go away!

So now’s the time to tackle it -
Sit down and think things through.
With wisdom and good common sense,
You’ll know what’s best for you!


~ Debbie Porter ~




I’m not gullible;  honestly, I’m not!

In fact, it’s far more often that I fall into the opposite camp altogether, tending to be very sceptical about things that seem just too good to be true.  After all, that old saying has proven itself time and time again, “if it seems too good to be true, it probably is!”

Unfortunately, there are a couple of areas that regularly catch me, and one of them has to be the overwhelming and irresistible appeal of a good shampoo commercial.

Oh the shame of it!

I don’t know what it is about those images of sleek and bouncy computer-enhanced tresses, but whatever it is, it manages to override my in-built suspicion and inevitably I find myself thinking, “Hmm, that sounds good.  I think I’ll buy some of that the next time we need shampoo.”

Sigh!  Chalk up another victory for the not so subliminal effectiveness of mass marketing!

With Kylie as my willing cohort, we’ve regularly dabbled in the wonders of new and improved formulas and, to be completely fair, I have to admit that for the most part they haven’t been too bad.  However, they also haven’t been magnificently brilliant either.

The latest concoction to grab our attention was heavily promoted for at least three weeks prior to arriving on supermarket and pharmacy shelves.  Everything about this new wonder brand of shampoo and conditioner virtually screamed “FRESH” to jaded hair product purchasers everywhere.

Kylie and I couldn’t wait to try it, and once again, when we finally did get to lather up, we had to say that it wasn’t bad.  However, also once again, it wasn’t all that fantastic either.

For one thing, no matter which variety of the product we tried, there was always a hitch.  If we went for the “extra body” selection, my hair was relatively happy, but Kylie’s beautiful fine, straight hair tended to become a little frizzy.  Then if we opted for the one designed for fine hair, we both ended up looking just a bit on the limp side.

Apart from that, there was the fragrance that left us smelling like escapees from Carmen Miranda’s Tutti-Frutti hat!

For a couple of months we flirted back and forwards with the two most hyped brands on the market. Then finally we reached the point where it was time for a change – and a change that wasn’t influenced by the product with the best sales pitch.

So, for the first time in many months, I was flying solo!

There I stood, helplessly overwhelmed, in front of the Hair Care shelves of our local Supermarket, with nothing to guide me but a wall of bottled promises.  Tentatively I began reading the labels.

Before long my mind was reeling with the options and I was left wondering just how and when it had all become so complicated?  As a teenager, I remember that there were three basic choices – Normal, Oily and Dry.  That was it!  Of course there was also the medicated varieties for dandruff problems, but by and large, for regular shampooing, the decision didn’t require a Degree in Rocket Science!

How much things can change in 25 years!

Finally, I decided to go back to a not-so-old favourite, which held the honour of having maintained our loyalty for longer than any other brand on the market.  Considering Kylie and my track record, that was a pretty neat achievement.

So, with the brand of choice at least taken care of, I got down to the serious task of choosing which variety to buy.

As I compared the different versions of our “not-so-old favourite”, I discovered that it had been through a fairly radical transformation of its own.  So that meant it was time for a little more “rocket science” thinking on my part!

Now if the choice had just been for me, it wouldn’t have been quite so daunting.  But the reality was that the consequences of my decision would have an impact on my darling daughter as well.  Quite simply, a wrong choice could mean a month of bad hair days for one or, even worse, both of us.

What a responsibility!

Automatically deleting the options for coloured hair and curl control, I began the tough final elimination bout between “sleek and smooth” and “volume and body”.  As usual, those two varieties did hold the most promise for us.  However, I was also very aware from past experience that they both had their downsides.

As I was tossing the two alternatives around in my totally bewildered brain, my eyes went roaming a little further along the shelf and that’s when I saw it!

It was perfect!  It was ideal!  It was my solution in a bottle!

Right there and then, all other options dissolved like so many soap bubbles, leaving just one possible choice.

After all, when everything is said and done, and all the gimmicks have come and gone, what is the ultimate purpose for shampoo?

If you said, “To clean hair”, then you’d be completely correct;  and that was exactly what our “not-so-old favourite” had added to their list of varieties.  They had included, as part of their new range, a shampoo and conditioner that was designed to give the user hair that was classically clean!

The concept was so simple and so appealing that I couldn’t believe it hadn't been thought of before.  Laying my mental gymnastics aside, I grabbed a bottle of both products straight away and headed for the checkout.  My work there was done.

A month later I can say, without hesitation, that the choice I made that day was definitely the right one.  All other options became completely pointless when weighed against the simple fact that all we really wanted was hair that looked and felt squeaky clean – and that’s exactly what we got.

When it comes to our spiritual life, the same is just as true.  Although there may appear to be a multitude of great options, the reality is that the choices are actually nowhere near as broad.  In fact, our decision comes down to just two things, as Moses pointed out to the Children of God in the Book of Deuteronomy:

“This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses.  Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him.”
~ Deuteronomy 30:19-20a NIV ~

Those same simple, yet eternity impacting, choices are set before us today as well. “Life and death, blessings and curses.” The decision is ours.

To choose life at the time of Moses was to turn to God and to keep His commands.  Today, to choose life, we need to turn to the One who is “the way and the truth and the life”, (John 14:6) our Saviour, Jesus Christ.  As we surrender to Him, we can be sure that the greatest decision we will ever need to make will have been made and the greatest need we have in our life will have been completely met – for all eternity.

I know that when it comes to shampoo, not everyone will have the same needs as Kylie and me.  The fact that this variety is working so well for us doesn’t guarantee that the entire world would find it just as great.  Of course the reason why there are so many options available today is for the very fact that there are a number of different hair types which require quite different treatment.

But when it comes to God, we can’t pick and choose.  The choices are very straightforward and laid out before us right from the start.

And it doesn’t take a Degree in Rocket Science to make the right decision.

It just requires an open heart!



“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
~ John 10:10 NIV ~




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