Friday, November 3, 2017

Decisions Set Directions

Choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."  Joshua 24:15 NASB

Your current direction will determine your destination.  Just as there are paths that have led us to places we never intended to be, there are paths that lead us away from those places as well.
Andy Stanley
While we consider the options we have in life, it is easy to forget that a momentary decision can create a lifetime of impact.  Choices lead to choices and paths lead to paths and away from paths.  We move our lives along the rails of our choices.  Today’s choices become tomorrow’s circumstances. 
Each of us has a free will which means we have the freedom to make choices, and every choice has a consequence attached to it – whether it is a good choice or a bad choice.  Sin or righteousness, consequences always walk hand in hand with decisions.  Decisions of today are the only control we have.  Yesterday’s are done and tomorrow’s are yet to come.  But yesterday and tomorrow must be considered in today’s decisions.  We need to consider yesterday’s decisions and see if there is anything we learned that we need to remember.  We need to consider tomorrow because we need to think about where today’s decision will lead. 
Sometimes, we make bad choices and regret it when we realize our mistake. That’s part of being human.  We can’t undo the past, but we can always learn from it.  Thank God, U-turns are possible through new choices which set a new direction.  We get out the way we got in - by our choices.  Despite all the mistakes we make, a new day brings with itself new opportunities and a whole new world of choices.
The free will that God gives us also means we can choose to serve God or not to serve God.  Whatever decisions we are faced with, if we can remember to filter everything through a God filter, that will save us a lot of pain and heartache.  He tells us the way to go. 

Decisions today may be the correction of bad decisions yesterday.  That is the beauty of a second chance.

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