We live in a world where everything is a choice. It’s not always a matter of a right or wrong choice. Often a choice can be between two good things and then it becomes a matter of what happens after the choice has been made, the same for two bad choices. Sometimes either choice is not good so we have to choose which will damage us less. It is important to be sure that we are in the right state of mind before making any choice, so that we can know full well what we are choosing.
For example if I choose to go without coffee for a day, say I choose water instead. I know that by about 10 am I will start to feel the effects of my caffeine with drawl. I don’t like how that makes me feel so this choice is easy for me….I choose coffee!
Some choices are simple. You see if I chose water today I am pretty sure that in 10 years I won’t even remember that I didn’t have a coffee on Friday, October 3rd, 2014. Choices this simple have basically no effect on you long term. In fact, some might argue that if I went without coffee for a number of days I might no longer need the caffeine, my body would be trained to live without it. But this isn’t really about whether or not I will continue to drink coffee or not (I will always choose coffee)!
Not every choice is a simple one. On more than one occasion in my life I have made the wrong choice. Some have been simple wrong choices that are no longer affecting my life in anyway way. On the contrary, there have been choices that I wish with every ounce of my being that I could take back. Certainly most people can relate to this. Because we only get to see the choice before us and not the outcome we can be left with regret. Sometimes we make choices when we aren’t of sound mind. We make hasty decisions based on temporary satisfaction or because we are surrounded by pressure so strong that we just act and don’t think it through. Or if we’ve been lied to so much so that we begin to believe that even the choice we know doesn’t seem right we choose it because our mind has been fooled.
There are times when we’ve made a bad choice and it can be retracted or fixed. But there are also times when we simply just have to own up to the wrong choice and admit we failed and give it another try in the opposite direction. JUST BECAUSE A CHOICE CAN’T BE UNDONE, DOES NOT MEAN IT CAN’T BE OVERCOME.
And then there are good choices. Choices you know that you made the right decision, because you prayed it through, you trusted God and you have that overwhelming sense of peace as what follows your choice unfolds.
I made a choice in the summer of 1991 at a place called Village Creek Bible Camp to give my life to the Lord. I was 11 years old. I had no idea what that choice meant at the time and I also no idea what the roller coaster of a Christian life could be like. The choice to follow God may not be the easiest choice, but it’s always the right choice. I believe that as Christians we are attacked harder with warfare not just of this world but of the spiritual world as well. But I would choose Christ again and again and again. Because choosing Christ means forgiveness and unconditional love and redemption. It means that even if you slip up along your journey you won’t be left to clean up the mess of your decisions on your own, he will pick you up, dust you off, build you up and send you on again and again and again. He will help you overcome.
In the end I am glad that we get the opportunity to choose. I’m glad that I chose the path I did, even if it has been harder than I ever imagined. Because I know that whatever happens as a result of my choices, I have a savior that loves me no matter what and he won’t let me go it alone. I freely chose Jesus.