Decision Points (book review)

Decision PointsOne of my life goals is to read an (auto)biography of every U.S. President. I’m well on my way. My latest one is Decision Points by President George W. Bush.

This book is laid out in a rather intriguing way. Instead of being told chronologically, it’s told through the prism of the major decisions President Bush faced. Written in this style, we are able to stick with one situation from inception, to decision, to the management of that decision. Now that we are 10+ years down the road from some of these decisions, we get to see the wisdom or folly of those decisions.

The book is a great inside look into the weighty decisions that land on a president’s desk throughout his term in office. As a Christian who has a biblical command to pray for my elected officials, it’s a helpful guide for my daily prayers.

I throughly enjoyed reading Decisions Points, and I think other students of history will appreciate the thoughtful way this book is presented too.

The Destiny Of Nations

Destiny of nations“To be a mother is the greatest vocation in the world. No being has a position of such great power and influence. She holds in her hands the destiny of nations….” —Hannah Whitall Smith

A great example of this is a woman by the name of Rahab who lived in ancient Jericho. She was doing her best to provide for her family in a very unsavory way: she was a prostitute. Yet this is a woman who is commended for her faith in God (Hebrews 11:31) and her righteous actions (James 2:25).

I know many moms who work hard to provide for their families, sometimes taking jobs that are very difficult and pay a low wage. They still find the time to buy the groceries, fix the meals, do the laundry, help with homework, attend after-school functions, and a million other things. Even after all this they feel inadequate, like they are not quite measuring up to the “best mom” standard.

To those moms, I say this: Look at Rahab, and learn what she learned. Rahab tried to provide for her family too, but when she got to the point where she was completely desperate she turned her family over to God. By helping the young Jewish spies, she turned her back on her countrymen and lost any other options for help. She said, “I believe in God, and I’m willing to trust Him with my family completely” (see Joshua 2:1-13).

Legacy of faithfulnessAs a result, God’s faithfulness to her is something we still are blessed by today. In giving us the genealogy of Jesus Christ, Matthew says this: Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of King David (Matthew 1:5-6). Rahab went all-in with God, and is now an indispensable part of the lineage of Jesus Christ!

Here’s the pattern for all moms to follow:

Concern for your family → Your utter reliance on God → The salvation of all in your family who will listen → A legacy of God’s provision and faithfulness

Moms, you have great power and you hold in your hands the destiny of nations, if you will just turn your concerns for your family over to God, and leave them in His loving hands.

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