Do I Have To Choose?

    Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?
    Run in such a way as to get the prize. (1 Corinthians 9:24)

Which is more important in life—the journey or the destination?

Paper or plastic.

With us or against us.

As I work on writing the story of RICH’S RIDE (check out some excerpts here) I’m struck by how easily we’re drawn into false dilemmas.

Politicians and marketers insist that we “take a stand.” Anyone who refuses to choose—on their terms—becomes wishy-washy and indecisive. “Liberty or death!” demands a decision, right?

False dilemmas are just what the term implies—they’re false. They concoct an artificial line and frame the debate in terms of choosing the proper side of the line. That debate obscures important questions. Is this the right line? Does a line even exist?

But in most circumstances I don’t really have to select paper or plastic. Usually there’s a third, superior option that’s revealed by deeper thinking and better questions.

Which of my 255 TV channels should I watch? It’s a false dilemma. Maybe I should read a book or play with the dog.

Should I focus on the prize or how I pursue it?

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?
Run in such a way as to get the prize. (1 Corinthians 9:24)

Obviously the prize matters. It’s the reason for running.

But “how I run” matters, too.

It’s about the journey AND the destination.

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