Have you ever noticed how the routine hurts of life can lead us to think we don’t have any choice? That couldn’t be further from the truth. Life is all about choice. We have more power to choose than we give our self credit for.
We make choices all the time. We choose to make a friend, get married, or have children. We also choose to give love or give respect. We choose to commit to a relationship and to put forth effort to maintain that relationship. We even choose to believe God or not.
Choice in Attitude
The easiest and most cost effective method of make-over is by adjusting your attitude. Believe it or not you have a choice about how your attitude affects your life. You can choose to let the circumstances of life cause negative thoughts to rule your mind. Or you can choose to think on all you have to be thankful for. Who is easier to be around someone who is always negative and complaining or someone who always thinks positively and gives people the benefit of doubt? Philippians 2:5 says “You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.” He was humble and servant-hearted. Are you?
Choice in Speech
Our words have a major impact on everyone around us. We can use our words as weapons tearing down people with harsh, uncaring sayings. We can use our words to build people up, encourage them with God’s Word. A pleasant word at the right time is like honey for the soul (Proverbs 16:24).
Choice in Marriage
You may have decided to get married. Part of this commitment was to love and respect your spouse for the rest of your natural life. This commitment requires work to maintain. When wives choose to respect their husbands the man is more likely to respond by loving his wife. Likewise when husbands choose to love their wives, the woman is more likely to respond by respecting her husband. When both choose to give the other what they need, both are satisfied and God is honored by their obedience. Refer to Ephesians 5:22-33 for biblical instructions for husbands and wives. Dr. Emerson Eggerichs’ Cracking the Communication Code, the Secret to Speaking Your Mate’s Language is a great resource for helping us understand each other better.
Choice in Parenting
Whether you decided to have children or are around children a lot, you have a choice to make. Will you commit to being a godly influence? Will you raise your child in love and admonition of the Lord? Or will you continue to worry about yourself and leave your child to figure things out on their own? If God’s given you children, you have a choice to be a good steward. You can either build them up and encourage them or neglect them. Which is honoring to God? Proverbs 22:6 NKJV says “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Choice in Relationships
Regardless of type of relationship you’re in, you may choose to display God’s character or not. You can choose to love others as God has loved you. Or you can try manipulating others to get your needs met. Where two people come together without expecting anything in return are good relationships. These people extend grace, forgiveness and mercy. They seek to understand before being understood. They seek the other’s best interest over their own (Philippians 2:4). As they put others first, they fulfill God’s command. Blessings come when we are obedient.
Choice in Salvation
God honors our decisions. If our decision takes us down the path of eternal destruction, God will be crushed by your decision but He will allow you to continue in your own way. Just like in every other area of life, you have a choice for salvation. God’s plans and purpose are not to harm us but to give us a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11). We can choose to accept God’s way, Jesus’ death on the cross to pay for our sins and His resurrection which brings us life eternal or not. He won’t force you to accept His truth but He surely hopes you will recognize the extent of His love for you and come to Him (Matthew 18:14).
In every aspect of life, we have a choice to follow God’s way or our own way. Have you noticed when ever you choose your own way, things don’t turn out exactly how you planned? That’s because you don’t know everything, like God does. He knows what’s best for us and He longs to lead us down the path of righteousness.
Lord, you alone know what’s best for us. Help us to turn to you with all our choices. Equip us to make the choice to follow you in all areas of our life. In Jesus’ name Amen.
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