The Man Who Couldn’t Sort Potatoes

A farmer hired a man to work for him. The worker’s first job was to paint the barn. The farmer said, “The job should take you about three days.” To the farmer’s surprise, however, the worker finished the job in one day.

Next the farmer gave the worker the job of cutting firewood. Since the supply of wood had gotten low, the job was a big one, even bigger than painting the barn. The farmer said, “I figure this job will take you about four days.” To the farmer’s surprise, however, the worker completed the job in a day and a half.

The next job that needed doing was sorting a large pile of potatoes. The farmer told the worker, “I want you to arrange these potatoes into three piles: seed potatoes, food for the hogs, and potatoes that are good enough to sell. This is easy work. It shouldn’t take long at all.” But when the farmer checked on the worker a few hours later the worker had barely begun the job. The farmer said, “What’s the problem here? You finished those first two jobs so quickly that I assumed you’d knock this one out in no time.” The worker said, “The problem is that I’m a hard worker but I can’t make decisions!”

Do you find that you have a lot in common with that worker? Do you have trouble making decisions? If so, then allow me to share some Bible passages with you. As you read these let the truth found in them wash over you. And what is that truth? It’s that God will help you to make the right decisions if you will seek Him, His wisdom, and His plan for your life. Here are the passages:

  • Who are those who fear the Lord? He will show them the path they should choose. (Psalm 25:12, N.L.T.)
  • The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” (Psalm 32:8, N.L.T.)
  • Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6, N.K.J.V.)
  • Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left.” (Isaiah 30:21, N.K.J.V.)
  • If you need wisdom — if you want to know what God wants you to do — ask him, and he will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking. But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to answer, for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. (James 1:5-6, N.L.T.)
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