Making the right choice…
In life we are shaped by our choices, some have life-or-death consequences or life-changing results.
We experience daily decisions in all shapes and sizes. Simple decisions like what to eat, whether to exercise, how to use our time, that become habitual over time, not giving any notice to them, just going through the daily motion.
Then there are the bigger emotional decisions we have to take. To choose whether to divorce, to break a friendship spanned over many years, to change your job that you are not happy in, and so forth. Choices not lightly made, that must be made to enable us to have peace that no one can steal from you. To be happy is a choice, your choice! No-one can make you happy, it is your responsibility.
The moral choices we are faced with also affects our lives. For example: Do we turn down the drugs offered to us? Will we allow ourselves to be pulled in by the soft porn we stumble across, knowing what is right and wrong? Would we give in under peer pressure and follow the crowd, being scared of standing out? God made us individual, wonderfully fearfully created in our mother’s womb. Why on earth would you want to just fit in? God made you…yourself. There is no other like you. You are moulded by the choices you make.
How will we deal with the issues that involve ethical decision making? Ethical choices will be influenced by our stand with Christ. We all know what is right and wrong. We all have that still voice speaking to us, but it is so easy to ignore it. We live our lives the way WE want to, not the way God intended for us. When something does not feel right, then it is not!
Whatever type of decision we face, there are proven and reliable biblical principles that can help us make better decisions. When a Christian recognizes a bad habit or faces a moral choice, he or she can apply God’s command to always choose His way:
“I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the LORD your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him” (Deuteronomy 30:19-20).
What we don’t realize, is that the choices we make will affect our demeanour, determine our attitude and possibly hurt and affect many more around us, besides ourselves. A choice must never be made when angry because hurtful words cannot be cancelled. We need a guard in front of our mouths.
We are so prone to make a statement saying “this is who I am, accept me or not,” however God did not create you to be like that. Would you rather bless instead of a curse, choose to love instead of hate, fight instead of being a peacemaker?
Do you have Jesus’s spirit in you? If so, are the choices you make according to His will? He is a God of miracles, a loving Father but a just one. Make the right choice!