By Charles Towne

She was there, just on the other side of the cage. Three hundred and fifty pounds of African lion, always watching me intently, as she paced back and forth, waiting, waiting…  

The cage door was in front of me.  I inserted the key, the lock clicked, and I pushed the door open and stepped into the cage.  That was not a difficult decision, it was exciting, even fun!

The king cobra was 14-feet long and it was loose in a 10-by-10-foot room.  I had to catch it and return it to its cage. It was moving toward me with deadly intent.  That was not a difficult decision, it wasn’t fun, but it was exciting! I knew what I was doing.

Nancy, My darling wife of 22 years has Alzheimer’s disease.  I was faced with the responsibility and the decision of placing her in an Alzheimer’s unit.  It was one of the most difficult decisions I have ever had to make in my life but it was my decision, for her good as well as my own. I didn’t have a clue of what I was doing

The young man had to make a decision.  It entailed a relatively small investment of $5,000.  Over several years and hard work, it would have rewarded him with several hundred thousand times his investment.  The difficult decision was too great, he let it pass. Another man saw the potential for what it was and grabbed it.  He has become wealthy because he made the right decision.

What difficult decision are you faced with today? 

Some decisions are great. Some involve business savvy.  Some call for lifestyle changes, and for some people, these are the greatest. 

I had an acquaintance who was diagnosed with lung cancer.  The doctors told him that he could live for several more years if he stopped smoking. The decision, the sacrifice, was too great. He laughed at the doctors. He is no longer laughing. He is no longer with us.

Each of us is called upon to make difficult decisions.

The vicissitudes and challenges of life most likely are not a pack of ravenous wolves threatening to rend and tear us with tooth and claw, but if we make the wrong choices they could just as easily have the same results. 

What challenges are you faced with?  Does it involve your health or that of a loved one?

There is one that can lift you out of your dilemma, out of your quandary.  His name is Jesus Christ, he is yearning for you to call upon Him, today.

Live fully,
Love openly,
And make a difference, today

Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life.


  1. So insightful and helpful as we face the new year. Another challenge is the ability to let it go after you have made the decision. The anxiousness that follows is often debilitating…”What if..?” will kill you, literally. Allow yourself to trust God’s path and yourself….you have made the best decision you were capable of making at that time with the knowledge you have! The rest is up to God.

  2. Dear NH, wise words indeed! How many dreams have come to nought because of those two words, “What if..?” But then what great aspirations and dreams have started with the same two words? “What if!” How many great inventions began with an idea? how many great movements have started with a dream? I can’t help but think of Dr. Martin Luther King when he spoke those same words. “I have a dream..?” Blessings on you dear friend, Chaz

  3. Incredibly hard decisions….I have been faced with this scenario several times in the past 5yrs.
    It is difficult enough when it is
    your own decision, but when it concerns a loved one, it is unbelievably difficult. It can absolutely tear your heart out.
    One thing I have learned is you absolutely must pray and trust
    the Lord. Pray for His wisdom.
    When you reach a decision, you must not look back, but trust God that it is the best decision for your situation. Move forward and know that God is always in control.
    God bless you!

  4. Dear CSG, Papa God promises us peace. He says, “Peace, my peace I give unto you.” He also says, “Fear not.. for I am your God.” Learning to trust Him in those difficult times is a paramount issue. Praising Him when your heart is aching may not be an easy thing, but as He draws near, and you feel His divine presence, you can know a sustaining peace unlike anything you have ever known before. Bless you my friend, Chaz

  5. God is always ready to help us make those difficult decisions. One must have faith. Communication is easy – it simply requires knee mail – no technology required. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving and please give Nancy our best.

  6. O my friend Mike, As the word says, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!” Nancy is such a delite, such a joy, and deserving of much love! Papa God is our example, and He loves her as a favorite child! Thanks my dear friend, Chaz

  7. Nr, thanks so much for the vote of confidence dear friend. I plan on hanging in there for another umpteen years and I plan on enjoying every bit of it. Blessings on yah, Chaz

  8. Charles, I was so impressed by this article that the distilled a large part of our passage through life. I have always said that life is wonderful but you have to overcome the hiccups that occur; and the correct decisions you make are what overcome those hiccups.

  9. Herb, a very wise observation. It seems to me that those “hiccups” you mention are determined to smite us mightily where it hurts the most! Sometimes in order to conquer we have to surrender our will to the almighty, and only by surrendering do we come out victorious on the other end. Bless you pal, Chaz

  10. Dear Judith, thank God for a mother that never wavered in her faith, that always prayed for each of us. I thank you sissy and I LOVE YOU. Chaz

  11. They say the things you regret most are the things you let go by without trying. I would be an olympic champion if they gave gold medals for stupid decisions, I used to go with, “that sounds like fun!” and that rarely worked out well! Now I am at the point of ” I wonder what would happen if.. ” and that also rarely works out well! Fortunately, Papa God loves me and He manages to make things turn out better than I have a right to expect, or at least so far He has saved me from terrible bodily harm! I think it is easier when I am the only one affected, I have made only one life and death decision not for myself and though I believe I did the correct thing, it still haunts me! I am just so thankful for the guidance and peace that He provides for us all, because all too often the one we to be saved from is ourself!

  12. Ahh Richard, wise words indeed my friend. The important thing to remember is that He never leaves us. I am a firm believer in that old saying that Papa God takes care of old men, children and fools. For most of my life I wasn’t an old man or a child therefore there is only one thing left, so it appears that Papa God takes care of fools too! Thank you o Holy one. Bless you pal, Chaz

  13. The hardest moment of my life was when I put my wife of 53 years in the care of Hospice. She was my miracle wife. We were married 3 years when she hit a truck head-on and was given 3 days to live. All the doctors agreed she would not make it. But, she lived for 50 more years, before Hospice had to step in. The early morning of March 7th of 2018 Betty passed away at 3:41am and woke up in Heaven. My best friend came in to sit with me until Betty passed away. I will never forget what that friendship meant at that moment and still does. You know him as Charles Towne or Chaz. I read a devotion book every day, written by David Jeremiah and the verse for the day Betty passed was John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives.”

  14. Don, my dear friend and brother in Jesus, it is as He speaks to us and impresses our hearts that we act out His will. We are brothers forever, Chaz

  15. Faith, It seems that so often it hasn’t been that we were right so much as it was God’s mercy that won the day. Our grand country is at great peril, not so much from without but from within. Bless you sissy, Chaz


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