Choices Are Part Of Life
Choices are a part of life. Do you know someone whose bad choices always seem to create drama and a crisis in their life? Sometimes these people are co-workers. Some of them are family members. Often, they are simply people we include in our circle of friends. These people have spent life making bad choices. They 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. They don’t understand that the choices they make are directly responsible for their situation in life
In life, we are always going to be faced with choices. We are faced with the choices of what clothes we wear, what foods we eat, and the places we go. Choices must be made as to who we associate with and who we choose as our spouse. Every choice we make has consequences. Even what we choose to wear can bring about negative consequences. If you wear old sweat pants, and a tee shirt to interview for an upper level management job…good luck. Your chances of getting hired would be slim to none if you went dressed that way. Why? I think the answer is pretty obvious. 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.
Choices Bring About Consequences
Let me give you another very simple example of choices bringing about consequences. Choosing to eat a healthy balanced diet of high fiber foods, fruits and vegetables will reap the benefits of good health. So in this example, a healthy life would be the consequences of our diet. Choosing to eat donuts all day long, and snack on high calorie foods would produce negative consequences. The consequences would be high cholesterol levels and obesity. The foods we eat bring about consequences that affect our health.
We Are Free To Choose Our Actions But Not The Consequences
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. Every choice we make in life will either bring about a positive or a negative consequence. Stephen Covey, who was a highly acclaimed businessman and the author of the book 7 Habits of Highly Successful People, said it best. Covey 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 we make in life can carry years and years of consequences. Bad choices can potentially produce years of heartache and frustrations. It is imperative that we take time and use wisdom in the choices that we make.
Our Thoughts Produce Every Choice 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 profound. 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. Be careful what you allow your mind to dwell on.
Every crime and every murder ever committed started with a thought. All arguments that have led to a broken relationships or marriages 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.” Our choices start with our thoughts. Our choices become actions, and our actions have consequences.
Life Is Fragile…Handle With Careful Choices
Take careful thought as to the choices you make and the actions you take. Allow God to be part of your thoughts and the 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 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 questions, your choices will always be good ones. Good Choices 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!
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