The Life Altering Power Of Our Choices And Actions

Choices Can Make You or Break You

Choices can make a person or destroy them. Everyone can think of a person whose life is characterized by continuous drama. Sometimes these people are friends at work or family members. Typically, these are people who have spent a lifetime making bad decisions. Yet, they don’t understand why they fail to succeed in life. They fail to realize their choices are directly responsible for their circumstances and failure to succeed. 

Choices are a part of life. When we wake up in the morning, we choose what we’re  going to wear that day. We choose what we’re  going to eat for breakfast. The route we take to work is determined by a choice. Granted, these are trivial things that don’t impact our lives. But, you get the point. We are constantly choosing; sometimes unconsciously. 

Choices Have Consequences

Something we must realize is choices have consequences. Even our choice of clothing can bring about negative consequences. Wear an old pair of sweat pants, an old tee shirt, and tennis shoes to interview for an upper level manager position at a corporate office. Let me know how that works out. You would never do that! Why? Because you would have zero chance of getting hired. What we wear and how we dress causes people to form opinions about us. We may not like this fact, but it is simply the truth.

Let me give you another simple example. If we eat a healthy diet full of high fiber foods, fruits and vegetables, and drink plenty of water; we will reap the benefits of good health. So, living a healthy life would be the consequences of our choices. If we eat donuts and snacks all day long, the consequences will be poor health, high cholesterol levels, and obesity. The foods we eat bring about consequences that affect our health.

Choices Become Actions

These examples are very simple and basic. There are much bigger choices in life than what we wear or eat. Everything we do in life involves choices that result in actions. Our actions will either bring about a positive or a negative consequence. Stephen Covey, who was a highly acclaimed businessman and author said it best.  In his book 7 Habits of Highly Successful People, he said, “While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions.”  Choices we make determine our actions. Our actions can carry years consequences. Bad choices can result in years of heartache and frustration. It is imperative to use wisdom in the choices  we make.

Every Choice Starts With a Thought

I once heard a quote that said, “Sow a thought; reap an action. Sow an action; reap a habit. Sow a habit; reap a character. Sow a character; reap a destiny.” Every choice we make starts with a thought. That thought then becomes an action. We must guard our thoughts and be careful what we allow our minds to dwell on. Every crime and murder ever committed started with a thought. Every argument that has led to broken relationships or marriages was birthed from a thought. Left unchecked, bad thoughts and actions can completely alter a person’s destiny. The Apostle Paul gave us some very good advice in the Bible in the Book of Philippians. In the eighth chapter of the Philippians in the Bible (New Living Translation) , Paul said, “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Paul’s advice will help us live happier and more successful lives if we will apply it. Our choices start with our thoughts. Our choices become actions, and our actions have consequences.

God Can Help You Make Wise Choices

I encourage everyone to choose carefully regarding actions you take. I also encourage you to allow God to be part of your thoughts and choices. In the Bible in the Book of Proverbs it says, ” Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” (Proverbs 3: 5-6 New Living Translation) God will always help you make wise choices if you will allow him to. Before making major choices in life, ask yourself, ” Is this choice something I have asked God about? Will it help someone? Will it result in me becoming a better person?” When you ask yourself those questions, your choices will always be good ones bringing about rewarding consequences. God said in Deuteronomy chapter thirty, “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!” (New Living Translation) So, go out there and make wise choices that involve life and blessings, not death and curses! Success and happiness is all about the choices we make! Choose wisely!

Thanks for reading!

Until next time,

Mark

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