No matter what the situation, remind yourself “I HAVE A CHOICE.”
Life allows you to make your own choices. But you do not get to choose your consequences.
Most of the time our choices define who we are. Every decision we make will affect us, whether it is good or bad.
Adam and Eve made a bad decision when they chose to eat the apple. This choice not only affected their lives but our lives as well. After they ate the apple, they hid from God because they knew they had not thought about the consequences of making the wrong choice. Eve blamed the serpent for deceiving her, however, she did not even consult God before she made the choice.
We need to learn that our actions and choices do affect other people. We need to be careful what we say and do. It is not always just about us.
There are so many choices that we make in a day. Often, we don’t stop to think about what they are and the consequences of them.
List of a few choices we make in our lifetime
- Talk to people or avoid everyone.
- Be kind or rude.
- Set goals or just allow life to happen.
- Communicate with God or forget He exists.
- Exhibit faith or fear
- Read the Word of God or just assume what it says.
- Smile or frown
- Love or hate
- Forgive or resent
- Encourage or discourage others
- Feel sorry for yourself or encourage yourself
- Choose to accept Jesus as your Savior or to turn your back on Him and
live your life as you want.
- Eat healthier or have junk food
List of choices you will never regret:
- Putting your phone down
- Listening over talking
- Reading the Bible
- Kindness on social media
- Investing in memories over things
- Not gossiping
- Thankfulness over comparison
- Taking the higher road
- Spending quality time with your children
- Forgiving others
- Giving compliments
- Saying “I love you”
- Trusting God
- Displaying faith over fear
What are your first thoughts when you wake up?
Who comes first?
How do you spend the start of your day?
- Be less self-focused and more God-focused.
- Identify the things, the thoughts, the activities, the emotions that can consume you and keep you from worshipping God and serving Him.
The decisions we make can define the person we become. It is so much easier when we focus on God. He gives us wisdom for a purpose so that we can live the life that He planned for us.
As we remain connected with Him, when it comes time to make a decision, we can choose the right path to travel on.
While thinking about choices, it reminded me of the time we built a new house. I did not realize how many different choices we had to make. I also realized these choices would make a difference in our lives for a long time. We thought about each one carefully as we wanted to make our home convenient and pleasant for our family.
In our lives, we should carefully consider the major choices. This will make a difference in how we live, whether we have peace or chaos, and how we interact with others.
The most important choice we can make is giving our hearts to Jesus. This is truly one choice you will never regret. This does not guarantee that you will not face challenges, however. it does guarantee you will never be alone.
“Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
The reality is that each new day belongs to the Lord.
When we start each day acknowledging who we are in Christ, this helps transform what we think about and what our actions display.
Colossians 3:17 NLT
“And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.”
“If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
It is our choices that show who we truly are, far more than our abilities.
We need the grace of God to help us remember that we can choose to set our mind on God or we can choose to set our mind on self. Remember, you can choose each day whom you will serve. When you learn to trust in God, He will provide the grace you need to get through the day!
May God be your first choice!
Hugs and Prayers to all,