I’m sitting in a Hobby Lobby parking lot right now, watching my daughter sleep while my wife shops for the portrait studio. We just spent the last couple hours talking about a decision we might make.

Decisions are often difficult for me, especially around unfamiliar things.

My wife has helped me get past my fear of ordering from a menu, at least at most places. I still don’t do well with the unfamiliar though. I’ll often order exactly the same thing over and over because I know it’s safe.

I did the same thing with my first car. It was dorky, but when it died I got another one almost the same. It was all I knew.

I talked about decision-making with a wise person once, and he told me often the best choice is the most difficult one, because that’s when you learn the most.

I would add this; that’s when I learn to trust God the most.

We went to a new restaurant last Sunday, and I ordered seafood. It was refreshing to do something new. And it was good too!

After two super dorky cars, my third car was a Camaro.  I learned that doing something new, making a different decision, can be rewarding and enjoyable sometimes.

Who do you follow?

When I was a kid I always looked up to the ‘old guys’ at my childhood church.  I respected the bone crushing handshakes, and later the guys who knew what they stood for and could stand their ground in a tough situation.

There’s always been someone in my life that I was close to and respected without question.  My youth group leaders, then my parents’ pastor, then the pastor of my college church, then my boss at my day job, among others.

Recently I’ve found myself in a place where the leaders all around me are getting closer and closer to my age.  I have kids.  I own a business.  I don’t always agree with the people around me. Life is a little less black and white and a bit more colorful.  Instead of just following people around me, I’m learning that I have to make many of my own decisions.

Maybe someday I’ll be the cool old guy with the tough handshake, and some kid will be looking up to me. I hope I know where I’m going by then.