I had just been thinking how it would be interesting for their to be a Melhorn reunion once again. Not that I am Mr. Social Butterfly, I am not, but as I have aged I am valuing those extended family relationships more. This possibility of a reunion sounded intriguing, though I do not know well my uncle and aunts and my cousins. However, I learned there was a major hitch - the location. The trip would be 225 miles one way! Do you drive more than seven hours for a meeting that might last two hours? Do you give up the whole day and drop everything for this moment, this moment with one's extended family which I don't even know well?
Sometimes choices are hard; this was one of them. I have talked with people who tell me they have a choice to make and they don't know what to do. Yet, they often do know what to do, they just don't want to do it. As I was pondering my choice and talking with my wife, I really didn't know what to do. Seven plus hours is a lot time and energy and money. Plus, I would have to rearrange my work and other things scheduled. Even more, I would be wiped out by the time I got home. Choices can be so hard.
Ironically, I recently read a sermon by David Scolfaro called Daniel's Three Important Decisions based on Daniel 6 in the Bible. Daniel is a prophet in the Bible and has a book named after himself. Without going into all the explanation, Mr. Scolfaro listed three decisions Daniel constantly made:
- He chose character over comfort
- He chose discipline over disorder
- He chose love over life
to grow in character and go to the reunion or stay home in my own comfort zone
to love people (there is no threat of death as Daniel faced)