The Life Altering Power Of Our Choices

Probably all of us can think of a person that we know, perhaps several people that seem to always have drama and a major crisis they are struggling with in their life. Sometimes these people are co-workers, some of them are family members, and some of them are simply people that we include in our circle of friends. Typically these people are the ones who have spent a life making bad choices, yet are befuddled as to why they can never seem to gain ground or succeed in life. These people are victims of a long series of bad choices in their lives, and are seemingly oblivious to the fact that the choices that they have made are directly responsible for the condition that there life is in.

In life, we are always going to be faced with choices. We are faced with the choice of what clothes we wear, what foods we eat, what places we go to, which people we associate with, what person we choose as our spouse…the list of choices we are faced with throughout life is endless! Something that we must never fail to realize is that every choice we make has consequences. Even what we choose to wear can bring about negative consequences. If you don’t believe that, put on a pair of old sweat pants, an old tee shirt, and a worn out pair of tennis shoes, and go interview for a job as an upper level manager at a corporate office of a Fortune 500 Company, and let me know how that works out for you. Your chances of getting hired for a job such as that would be slim to none if you went to the interview dressed that way. Why? I think the answer is pretty obvious. What we wear and how we dress causes people to form opinions about us as a person. We may not like this fact, but it is simply the truth.

Let me give you another very simple example of choices bringing about consequences. If we choose to eat healthy by eating a balanced diet full of high fiber foods, fruits and vegetables, and we drink plenty of water; we will reap the benefits of good health. So in this example, living a healthy life would be the consequences of our choices of what we eat. If we choose to eat donuts all day long, and snack on every imaginable high calorie food we can get our hands on; the consequences will be poor health, high cholesterol levels, and obesity. The foods we choose to eat bring about consequences that affect our health.

Now I realize the examples I just gave you are very simple and basic. There are much bigger choices we are faced with in life than what we wear or what we eat. Virtually everything we do in life involves making a choice as to what actions we will take. Every choice we make in life will either bring about a positive or a negative consequence in our life. Stephen Covey, who was a highly acclaimed businessman and the author of the book 7 Habits of Highly Successful People, once said, “While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions.” There is a tremendous amount of truth in Covey’s words! Choices that we make in life that determine what actions we take can carry years and years of consequences. If we make bad choices, we are setting ourselves up for possibly years of heartache and frustrations. It is imperative that we take time and use wisdom in the choices that we make.

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.” That is an awesome bit of wisdom! Every choice that we make starts with a thought. That thought then becomes an action. It all starts with a thought. It is for this reason that it behooves all of us to guard our thoughts and be careful what we allow our minds to dwell on. Every crime and every murder that has ever been committed, every argument that has ever led to a broken relationship or marriage, and every other action that has ever been taken that ended up being bad choices and stupid actions; all started with 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.” That is a terrific bit of scripture, and the advice Paul gave us will help us to all 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.

I encourage anyone that may be reading this to take careful thought to the choices that you make and the actions that you take. I also encourage you to allow God to be part of your thoughts and the choices that you make. 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 to make wise choices if you will allow him to be part of the choosing process. Before you make any choices in life, ask yourself, ” Is this choice something that I have asked God about, will it help someone, and will it result in me becoming a better person?” When you ask yourself those types of questions, your choices will always be good ones that bring about rewarding and fulfilling 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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