The difficulty in life is the choice. George Moore
The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice. George Elliot
You are where you are today because you have chosen to be there. Harry Browne
In our lives we make many decisions. Many are mundane, non-eventful and even boring. Sometimes, we are often faced with decisions that are tougher in nature. Some will cost us money, time and convenience, pain and misery and will carry significant long-term consequences.
Often we are faced with decisions requiring us to do something for someone else. Perhaps a friend or loved one needs some help. We may need to cancel an outing or special event to use the time to help others. When we do something for someone else we are usually doing a greater good and in so doing, something wonderful for our own character. Finding a wallet or purse, getting too much change, being tempted to do something unethical or immoral are examples of character building opportunities to do the right thing. We have situations when we are tempted to do the convenient and what feels good at the moment. When we make lesser choices, we have chosen instant gratification at the expense of the damage and harm it does to our character and integrity in the long run.
Every decision has at least two consequences; the short term effect and the longer lasting impact. The long term effect impacts us forever, contributing to the kind of person we are, our health and mental well-being.
Our decision making is often short-sighted; we think in the ‘immediate’. We find it difficult focusing on decisions that are better for us in the long run. We are driven by instant gratification and feeling good, usually not what is best in the long run. We are and will be the cumulative effect of all of the choices and decisions that we ever make. If we are geared toward selfish and other unwise decisions, we are not doing much toward building our personhood. In fact, we may be systematically degrading ourselves. We should be geared toward making the ‘best decisions’. We must look beyond ourselves and do what is right for others as well as for ourselves. Making selfless, moral, ethical, and intelligent decisions is the higher calling. When we make these kinds of decisions we are planting good seeds. Bad decisions plant bad seeds; producing weeds, thorns, and briars. Right decisions will reap a beautiful garden. We always reap what we sow. Our future will be largely determined by the nature of the decisions we make or fail to make.
Challenge: Be more conscious of your decision making; considering the short term versus long term effects, the greater good, moral and ethical concerns, and what is it the best decision of all your possible choices. Choosing right builds character; wrong choices can destroy or damage your character. Hold yourself to high standards. If your conscience bothers you, it is probably not the best decision. Try to make better choices.
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
The more we walk with God the more we will do things and make decisions based on a spirit of love. The more we do things with love in our hearts, the more we do the right things. The more secure we are, the more we can do these things. Having a “right” relationship with God sends us down this path. We start doing and becoming more the person we were intended to be. When we open our hearts and minds up to God, He empowers us.
Prayer: Help me to “the Right Thing” in the decisions that I make.