Phillip Givens, 28, of Louisville, KY, was on trial for the murder of his girlfriend. Both the defense and prosecution presented their cases, and his fate was now in the hands of the jury.
Deliberations came to a standstill, however, when jury members could not decide whether to find Given guilty of murder or the lesser offense of manslaughter. So they did what any group of law-abiding, responsible adults would do … they tossed a coin. Heads it's murder, tails it's manslaughter.
News of the coin toss was leaked, gossip spread rapidly, and eventually made it to the ear of Jefferson County Circuit Judge Kenneth Conliffe who promptly ordered a new trial.
Don't leave life's important decisions to chance. Christian author and pastor Kent Crockett suggests the following:
1. Pray for wisdom. God always knows what we need to do, even when we don’t. James 1:5-7 says He will give direction if we will ask in faith.
2. Consider your options. Think through your situation and list every possible option to take. Jesus said to first sit down, which settles down our emotions so we can think clearly. Then calculate the cost, which means to do a background check on the potential situation (see Luke 14:28-32).
3. Ask the Holy Spirit to point you to the right path. Psalm 32:8 says, "I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go. I will counsel you with My eye upon you."
4. Walk in the light you have. Sometimes it's a spotlight while at other times it's a flicker we can barely see. Walk in the light that God provides.
After deciding don't look back and question your decision. Doubting yourself will only cause problems after you have already made the correct decision. (see Luke 9:62) Remember that decisions produce consequences. Good decisions will result in good consequences.
Kent Crockett graduated from Texas A&M University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is the senior pastor of the Church of Living Water in Prattville, Alabama. He is the author of The 911 Handbook, Making Today Count for Eternity, and I Once Was Blind but Now I Squint, and has been published in a number of Christian magazines.