Choices


I heard this song from county singer George Jones called Choices. The beginning of the lyrics go like this,
“I’ve had choices

Since the day that I was born

There were voices

That told me right from wrong

If I had listened

No I wouldn’t be here today

Living and dying

With the choices I made”

If you really think about it, how true these lyrics are. We make choices every day, all day. From the minute we wake up to the minute we go to sleep. Think about the daily choices that we make. We choose to wake up early or sleep in. We choose what to wear for the day and whether to eat breakfast or not. We choose what phone calls to answer or what conversations to engage in. We choose who we vote for political office, and some may choose which course of action for medical treatment they may need. We make choices all day long. Some choices are easy and some choices can change our life for the better and unfortunately for the worse. Not choosing is a choice as well.

The book of Proverbs has some great verses on this very thing. God knew that choices can define us. It can influence our future and how people around us perceive us. When making decisions, it is very important to honestly assess the risk that is involved. I want to share these few verses with you.

Proverbs 2:6 “For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth comes knowledge and understanding.”

Proverbs 19:2 “Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge, and he who makes haste with his feet errs.”

Proverbs 26:11 “Like a dog that returns to its vomit is a fool who repeats his folly” 

Proverbs 18:1 “He who separates himself seeks his own desire. He quarrels against all sound wisdom.”

Proverbs 10:17 “He is on the path of life who heeds instruction, but he who forsakes reproof goes astray.”

Proverbs 14:1 “The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish tears it down with her own hands.”

Proverbs 20:7 “A righteous man who walks in his integrity—how blessed are his sons after him.”

Proverbs 22:1 “A good name is to be more desired than great riches, favor is better than silver and gold.”

Have you ever made a choice that you wish you could take back? You made it quickly without really thinking about it. Really, haste does not always produce the best decisions. Sometimes everything might seem right about a choice, but making the decision at a later time might make more sense. I have made many sudden choices in my lifetime, and later came to regret them. I have also made decisions that have changed my life for the better. Sometimes our choices are like flipping a coin, head or tails. So, do our choices define us today? I would safely say, absolutely it does. Your choice in a spouse, your choice on your current job path, even who we choose to hang out with.

What about your choice to become a Christian? Is this a choice that you think about? I have to say that was the best choice of my life. It has changed me in ways that I cannot imagine. I feel more at peace. I know that we still have those hard decisions even as Christians, but it’s wonderful to know that you have God at the forefront of the decision process. An important element to making good decisions is to make sure that you are completely submitted to God’s ultimate plan for your life, especially those difficult choices that you need to make. Do we follow God or do we cut our own path to destruction? The choice is yours … and the consequences of that choice are yours.

Have you made the most important decision you will ever face in this life? The decision which will determine your eternal destiny? The decision to follow Jesus as your Lord and Savior.

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