The Millenial generation is REALLY good at keeping their options open and waiting for the better option, but it is spilling into other generations as well, and I don’t think it is good for any of us.
Think about theses scenes you see frequently (maybe do yourself):
- A young couple on a date at a restaurant, who don’t engage each other much in conversation, who rarely make eye contact, and stare at their phones for most of the dinner.
- You ask someone if they want to watch a movie or go play pool on Friday night and they get wishy-washy about giving you an answer. They might say something akin to, “text me before you go and I will see if I can go later.”
- A relative who has been dating their significant other for 10 years and has no plans to get married, because they want to “keep their options open.”
- 168,894 different drink combos at Sonic
- Dating sites that offer hundreds of thousands (or even millions) of different “options” to date others.
- How many different options are there on a phone now? Not to mention the kinds of phones one might choose.
What a sorry way to live!
Life is meant for us to make a choice, stick with it, and the result is living a better life because of it.
The vows of matrimony include choosing one spouse and only one spouse, until death do us part:
I, ____, take you, ____, to be my (husband/wife). I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life.
Utilitarianism is the philosophy that the best way to live my life is to maximize my happiness and minimize my suffering and this is primarily done by using other people and things to attain my happiness. In other words, it makes people into objects. By constantly keeping your options open with others, by waiting for a better option, by having the fear of missing out – we treat others as objects, not people!
Think about how God chooses to love us. He chooses you and sticks to His choice! It is how He wants us to live our lives too! Make a choice for God and stick to it!
There are a multitude of gods out there we can worship – money, sex, power, fame, etc. One that too many are worshiping today is the god of better options. It promises you won’t miss out. But, it lies.
Choose God. Choose others. Stick to your choice. This is the way of the one true God who chooses you. Faithfulness is never without sacrifice, but it does not leave us unsatisfied.
Even psychology backs this up – Psychologist Barry Schwartz teaches this (WARNING – there are some parts of this video that are somewhat crass, but are used to make a good point):
“Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”-Joshua 24:15
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