A SMORGASBORD OF CHOICES

Lea sent me to the store recently to pick up a few things. When I go to the store it takes me most of the day because I tend to want to visit with everyone there. Needing to zip in and zip out I put my head down, so not to feel obligated to visit with people, and made my way to the toothpaste and shampoo isles.

I was in awe at the choices of toothpastes that we have at our local Walmart. It was a virtual smorgasbord of options. Did I need extra whitening, tartar control, complete care, baking soda, gel, paste, gel and paste combined? There were also different sizes of tubes, and that’s all from just one brand. I looked over the other brands, and there were all kinds of different options with Colgate, AquaFresh, Arm and Hammer and on and on. I didn’t have a clue what kind to buy, but thankfully Lea had sent me with a coupon for one that was $1 off. That’s my kind of toothpaste.


I wish there was one that was called “Doesn’t Smell Like a Girl and Will
Keep You From Going Bald.”

After picking out some toothpaste, I needed shampoo. There were even more choices and more options! Botanical this, herbal that, citrus enhanced, salon quality, extra body, maximum shine and increased volume just to name a few. I wish there was one that was called “Doesn’t Smell Like a Girl and Will Keep You From Going Bald.” If there was a shampoo like that I’d buy it. There were shampoos with food in them, like vanilla bean, cucumber and watermelon. I guess that is if I’m in the shower and a little hungry too! I wound up just going with something cheap. I like cheap.

All this got me to thinking that we live in a time with a lot of choices.

  • Need a car? Plenty of kinds and styles and price ranges.
  • Students can pick from a wide range of different colleges.
  • Looking for a place to eat? There are different types of food in lots of different restaurants.
  • Looking for entertainment? Movies come in different types from action to romance.

As I left the store I was thanking God that when it comes to salvation, I don’t have a supermarket of choices. In fact there is only once choice, Jesus. I find it interesting as I read this week from the gospel of John, that Jesus didn’t give us multiple choices for salvation, only two: His side or the other side. He said things like, “No man can serve two masters,” and “I am the way, the truth and the life. And no one comes to the Father except through me.” Did you know that Jesus said, “Follow me,” over 80 times in the gospels? He also said, “If you love me, you’ll keep my commandments.”

It’s really very simple, like it or not there are not a lot of choices when it comes to salvation. While you may have dozens of toothpaste and shampoo choices, there is only One if you’re looking for salvation.

Got to go, Lea’s wanting me to run to the store for her.

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. Preston Belt, Beautiful Downtown Lockney, Texas says:

    Good to have you back!!! I’m so thankful that there is only one salvation. And to think that Jesus’ blood still flows for me! Cleanses me daily. It never coagulates like my blood does!

    I’m thankful you had a couplon so that you could get the right kind of toothpaste!!!

    Preston

  2. Adam Gonnerman says:

    That’s incredible. When I go to the store I’m in and out, no temptation whatsover to stay and chat. Either you know a lot of people or you are an extrovert without equal.

    Thinking about choices, I read an autobiography a few years ago by a woman who had grown up in one of the former Soviet republics. When independence came, and with it free markets, people didn’t know what to do about all the products in the stores. They were literally bewildered, according to her, with no idea what to buy. Under Soviet communism there had only been toothpaste with no options, and the same with all the other products.

  3. Anonymous says:

    wierd, my wife gave me a dollar off coupon when I went to wally world today.

    adam, sociologists/psychs have also written/studied how the high number of options leads to anxiety.

    take someone today from africa and put them in any wal-mart, and see what happens, just like that russian lady

    brian @
    blogprophet.wordpress.com

  4. Terry says:

    Great post!

  5. dcmba says:

    Welcome Back!

    A Texas supermarket convinced Boris Yeltsin that socialst economics were far inferior to a market economy…

    “On a visit to the United States in 1989, Boris Yeltsin became convinced that Russia had been ruinously damaged by its state-run economic system, in which people stood in long lines to buy the most basic needs of life and more often than not found the shelves bare. Visiting a Houston supermarket, he was overwhelmed by the kaleidoscopic variety of meats and vegetables available to ordinary Americans.”

    I have also bought a book I am excited to get to. It called “The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less” by Barry Schwartz.

  6. Robert Lukenbill says:

    Very nice post and great thought! Keep up the good work and be sure to get some work done this week…. :)

    Have a good one!

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