I prepared for a Military Wives’ Bible study on this topic, and, although we had to cancel it due to sickness, I still think it’s important to learn how to make excellent choices. Today’s post (and the Bible study) is based on the book by Terry Chappell, The Choice is Yours. It’s an excellent resource! …and, no, that’s not a paid advertisement, I just love their stuff!
First, let me congratulate the winner of my giveaway: Kerry!! I’ll be in touch with you in the next few days to get your address! Congrats!!
Our family doesn’t often go to Burger King, but when we did a few months ago, we were astonished at the new soda machine they got not long before. After placing my order and getting my cup, I walked up to this “one machine makes all” sort of machine, and stared at it for awhile. Finally, I began timidly pressing buttons, and it wasn’t long before I got what I wanted – Diet Mellow Yellow! I know, it’s not quite as good as Diet Mountain Dew, but it’s the best they had.
We live in a culture that caters to our choices. Baskin Robbins has its 31 flavors, Burger King tells us to “Have it Your Way,” and even the new Coca-Cola Freestyle machine has over 100 drink choices! I checked the Sonic website, and according to them, they have 1,063,953 fountain and slush choices!! (Not like I will go there and spend about $3,000,000 to try each one of them!)
We need to understand that the choices we make today affect our happiness tomorrow.
The POWER of Accumulated Choices
When I was 16, my Dad bought an old mail Jeep which had the steering wheel put back into its proper location. But the inside of the jeep was just a boring steely gray, and one day I had the bright idea that I would paint it a nice sparkly blue. I went to KMart, and with my own money, bought one can of blue spray paint. Excitedly, I came home and began spraying the inside. It looked great…until I ran out of spray paint about 1/4 of the way through! Paint was a bit too expensive for my measly income, and I was not at all prepared for how hard painting really was….so it remained 1/4 painted until the day it was sold.
Just as each ignorant or foolish choice in a project leads to an undesired outcome, so each choice in our lives leads us in a direction. In the end, our lives will reflect the series of choices we make.
The GUIDES to Excellent Choices
The GPS is a sort of guide as we travel, but we’ve had our share of mishaps with those guidance systems. Once all 9 of us were in the 15-passenger van, driving through Texas, when we realized the road was getting a little rough. It eventually turned into a dirt road, and then two tracks through a bumpy field, and finally no pathway at all! We found ourselves following the GPS right into the middle of a ranch!
Navigating through life can be a challenge. But thankfully, God has given us two infallible guides:
Our own reasoning can often be based on our emotions, and can often lead us astray. (see Jeremiah 17:9)
The HOLY SPIRIT
John 14:26 “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
When we obey the Spirit with the things we say, it can be very helpful. For me, it’s so tempting to say, “I told you so!” but holding my tongue is better than that feeling of being right.
The best planning begins with the end in mind. Think of your future, and what you would like it to hold. A strong walk with God? A fulfilling marriage? A happy family? It all begins as we choose today to be guided by the Word of God and His Holy Spirit!
What are some other guides God has given us? If you have some ideas to share, leave a comment!