Bible Verses

“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few.” — Matthew 7:13-14

Christian Bible Lesson Overview

Frequently people choose a life course because it is the quickest, does not require as much work as other courses, or the personal rewards are greater.  We see both companies and individuals choosing the quick course.  Very few companies offer their customers special services and a comfortable experience.  Most of the time the company is motivated by the profit margin.  They will offer special services at a high cost. 

There are some companies that do care about their customers as more than a requirement to higher profits. These companies develop solid foundations because they understand their customers, which leads to better products and services.  Both the company and the customers grow and become fulfilled.

The same is true of individuals.  There are people who spend their time trying to earn more money or become more popular and there are those people who dedicate part of their lives to helping others.  The people are committed to helping others develop their own strong lasting relationships.  There is so much more to process in life than wealth.   

Christian Bible Lesson for Today

I was a pilot in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.  I liked being a pilot and had thoughts about making a career in the Marine Corps or flying as a civilian after leaving the Marine Corps.  At the point when I had two years remaining on my commitment to the Marine Corps, I had to make a decision.  My former commanding officer called me to inquire about my decision.  I told him I really wanted to spend my last two years flying.  He told me that he was going to be named the commanding officer of a large support group in El Toro California.  He remembered that I wanted to be educated in new areas.  He suggested that I request to be transferred to his new organization to manage the digital group.  I told him I had no computer experience.  This was 1973, long before personal computers.  He said if I transferred to his organization, he would send me to the Marine Corps computer school in Quantico, VA. 

I really wanted to keep flying.  I prayed about the decision and tried to identify the important points.  After two days of debating the pluses and minuses of the offer, I knew it was time for me to transition out of the Marine Corps.  I accepted the offer and went to the Marine Corps computer school.  This decision affected my entire life.  Not only did the computer knowledge help me with business, general communication, and helping other people; it helped me organize my entire life.  When I think back, I am so happy I took the two days and thought about all the ramifications of the decision.  The deciding point was that I wanted to reach more people and flying as a career was not going to advance my overall goal.

Christian Bible Lesson Summary

When faced with a major decision it is critical to think about all the factors and balance them with your objectives for your life.  Do not do what the majority of people do and decide based on income or convenience; take the time to think about what is best for you and those you care about.  Use your values to determine the right decision for you.

Published by Jim Brandt

Jim Brandt was an all-conference college football player and served as a Marine Corps pilot during the Vietnam War. He also started a software company and served as an executive for the fifth-largest bank in the United States. Brandt won the Democratic party nomination for Congress twice. He is married and has three children.

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