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Entry 17-12-2012: It All Begins With a Decision

 

Decisions are an inevitable aspect of life. Our lives are intricately woven around the decisions we make. We do not make progress in life until we make decisions – they are the ignition that fires the engine of progress.

 

Every waking moment of our lives, we are confronted with decisions; we are under constant pressure to make decisions. Many of those decisions will be rather easy; some we even make without really thinking about them. “What tie shall I wear today?” “What should we have for supper?” Some take a bit more time and effort to make like where to go on holiday, which home to buy or which career to follow. But now and again, there comes along a season in our lives when we have to make what I call a real decision; the outcome of which may determine the course of the rest of our lives. I like to call them “destiny decisions”. The way we handle the trivial, seemingly insignificant decisions of our lives will determine the way we handle those destiny decisions.

 

Our lives are composed of our decisions – we are the sum total of the decisions that we make. Today you are the result of the choices you made in the past. And your future will be determined by the choices you make today. So the better you become at making choices, the better the quality of your life becomes. Decision making is a process – a learning process. And part of that learning process involves making bad decisions. No one starts out in life knowing how to make good decisions. With the best goodwill in the world, we all still make mistakes. Just as part of learning to ride a bicycle is falling off.

 

Ordinarily, the bad decisions we have made in the past should motivate us to make good decisions in the future. One of the things that motivate you to stay balanced on the bicycle is that you don’t like how it feels when you fall. The pain seems to compel you to stay on the bike. Likewise, the pain of the consequences of our bad decisions should motivate us to at least make better ones. But this is provided we are teachable. People who are unteachable are usually not impressed by the consequences of their bad decisions. As such they tend to repeat the same mistakes; and each time they will have an excuse!

 

The Power to Choose

 

One of the things that distinguish man from the other creations of God is that he has a will. God has given to each of us the power to exercise our will – the capacity to make decisions. And this is the one thing in our lives that God has chosen not to control. God will not take away from you the power to choose. But neither will He remove from you the consequences of your choices. Our decisions have a greater impact on our destiny than most of us realise. In fact, making one wrong decision in life can trigger off a chain reaction of making wrong choices for the rest of our lives. When we make choices, we become the servant of the choices we make.

 

We make our choices, then our choices make us. We become slaves to our choices. 2 Peter 2:19 puts it this way: “For a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him.” [NIV] Now, let’s take a look at Ephesians 2:10 “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them”

 

I particularly like the way the amplified bible renders that passage: “For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He pre-arranged and made ready for us to live].”

 

God has fore-ordained certain good things to happen in your life before you were born. You will find this same truth highlighted in Jeremiah 1:4,5; 29:11 and 1Corinthians 2:9. But the truth is this; those good things will not come to pass simply because God has predetermined them. You will have to get involved. How do you get involved? With your decisions. The choices that you make will either release the things that God has prepared for you; or hinder them.