Decide Now - October 26, 2021

Resistance matters. Long after acts of compliance are forgotten, acts of courage are pondered. In the story of Esther, Mordecai refused to bow before evil Haman. And his refusal to bow was the first link in a chain of courageous acts that led to the salvation of his people. Your resolve might be the decisive gesture that breaks the stronghold.

So decide now what you will do then. Don’t wait until the heat of the moment. A crisis is no time to prepare an escape plan. Being in the arms of your date in a motel room is not the time or place to make up your mind about morality. There is a reason the airline attendant points out the emergency exits before the plane leaves the ground. We do not think clearly during a free fall. The time to determine to resist temptation is before it strikes. May you take a stand for what is right.