Choose Wisely

The announcement by Cyril Rioli that he was retiring from AFL football caused me to lament and to celebrate – all at the same time.

As a Hawthorn supporter, Cyril has been a wonderful player and to see him walk away from the game while he was still in his prime, was sad to see. He is only 28, and would have quite a few more years of great football left in his career. However, he chose to retire and leave that world behind him.

Cyril wanted to return to the Tiwi Islands, just north of Darwin to be with his family. This is where he grew up and he wanted to be there with his family, especially as they were going through a difficult time. Cyril's father had serious health problems, and he felt he needed to be with his family to support and encourage them. For placing family ahead of his career as a footballer, I am delighted with his choice. It displayed great courage and adherence to genuine priorities.

So, how do we choose wisely?

As Christians, we are able to ask God, because He knows the best choice for us in any situation. We can pray to Him and seek inspiration from Him in all matters, whether that be family, relational, business, financial etc. We can also read His Word and discover what He has already said around that topic. You might be amazed at how many of our issues are addressed within the Bible.

A good place to start is what is described as the "Sermon on the Mount". So much wisdom here, and it includes this suggestion in Matthew 6:33 (NIV):

"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well".

When you read this in context, Jesus is describing our tendency to worry about the issues of life. His solution - seek Him! Then you will see your way clear to make good decisions.

Choose wisely and be blessed.

God bless,

Tim Connelly

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