I recently tweeted:[Tweet “The inevitable cycle (good or bad): We make choices. Our choices make us.”]
When you wake in the morning, you make a choice: get up or stay in bed a little longer? When you make that choice, the next follows… then the next choice… then the next… and so on. All day, every day, our lives are a combination of many choices.
This is the free will God has given us.
No one likes to hear that our troubles or sufferings are the result of our own choosing because who would choose that? Yet, when we reflect on the choices that landed us where we are at this moment (good or bad), is it not a reflection of our daily choices?
The BEST choice any of us could make is to receive Jesus as our Savior. This choice then opens our heart to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit who becomes our Helper, Comforter, and wise Counselor to help us choose correctly. It seems God knew in advance that we, as humans, would have a hard time in this area, so He left us with no excuse.
Now if I make an unwise choice, the Holy Spirit will testify that He tried to warn me. “Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are…” (Romans 2:1). We are guilty of wanting to judge our situation (or sufferings) and blame it on something other than the fact that we made a wrong choice. Why is that?
I don’t like being wrong, but I’ve found that when I choose to own my mistake, and choose to repent, and choose to make the adjustment, God is faithful to redeem my mistake! But did you notice how many choices are left up to me first?
“TODAY I have give 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!” (Deuteronomy 30:19, NLT).
Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved. –William Jennings Bryan
Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice. –Wayne Dyer
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. –Robert Frost
The choice is always yours. The key to your success is found in what you choose.