It's your choice!

Written by Desiree Visser

The quality of life we experience has a lot to do with the choices we make.

Our choices define our lives. Every choice we make is a step in the direction that our lives are going. It is an easy enough concept to understand but can seem impossible and overwhelming to do. Sometimes we are not even aware there is a choice to be made!

Like a new language being developed, or a new sport being learned, or a new muscle being strengthened, learning to make good choices can be a slow and struggling process. But it is worth the effort!

Take a moment in a tricky situation to stop and ask the Holy Spirit for help. Instead of just following old habits and patterns, ask “What is the choice here?” and trust that the Holy Spirit will guide you in the right decision.  We must not rely on our own wisdom to make good decisions - notice this wonderful promise God gives us:

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.”

It is often in the little things that we strengthen this “muscle” of making good choices:
  • Are we going to complain about a certain situation or find a way to change it?
  • Are we going to criticise another person or pray for that person?
  • Are we going to react defensively to feedback or be thankful for someone’s honesty and investment in helping us grow?
  • Are we going to engage in negative and hopeless thinking or proclaim and believe in God’s Word for our lives?

The Lord knows our struggle with good decision making. Because of His goodness and compassion, He invites us all to make use of His wisdom, and to be filled with His peace. Let us turn our hearts to Him in humility and allow Him to teach us how to live a happy and fulfilled life by applying Godly wisdom.
Proverbs 2:6-8
“For the Lord grants wisdom!
From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest.
He is a shield to those who walk with integrity.
He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him.”
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