You may be asking yourself “what is S.U.Ds?” S.U.Ds stands for Seemingly Unimportant Decisions. My very intelligent mom/Sunday school teacher taught a lesson on this one time. This lesson was something that not only impacted my life, but also the lives of others who were in that class.
S.U.Ds are those choices we make in our daily life that seem to not be a major deal, but over time, these small choices end up snowballing and can have major, long-term impacts on our life. Some examples of S.U.Ds are:
- I will skip church tonight because I would rather hang out with a friend/play a sport/just don’t feel like going.
- I will go to this party I shouldn’t go to because I am in control, I will be fine, and I can resist temptation.
- I will lie about what I did so I don’t get into trouble. These examples may seem silly, but that is the point.
The seemingly unimportant decisions we make will have consequences. Skipping church once can make you start to think skipping church more and more often is okay, and then you eventually quit. Going to parties that may have things you should not be around can make you fall into temptation and you can fall away or hurt your testimony. Lying to get out of trouble may seem like a benefit at first because you get out of a punishment, but then you find yourself lying more and becoming more deceptive.
Proverbs 2:11-13 says, “Discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you, delivering you from the way of evil, from men of perverted speech, who forsake the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness” (ESV). I know this seems excessive, but it is so true, small decisions can make big impacts on our lives. The book of Proverbs has always been my favorite book of the Bible because it gives great wisdom on how to make good choices in life.
Caitlin Hayes is from Columbus, Ohio. She has a Masters of Science in Psychology from Tiffin University. Caitlin has spent many years at her church teaching all ages in Sunday School and youth group and is the nursery leader for her church. She gives her time to missions and has worked as a facilitator for Impulse International Missions for the past nine years. Caitlin is passionate about youth and helps them learn how to find who they are in Christ. In her free time, she likes to travel, watch documentaries, and spend time with her two awesome nephews.