Choices start before we open our eyes.
It is actually a choice to open our eyes. Life is made of choices. The kind of life we live is due to the choices we make.
The clothes we wear are due to a choice.
The food we eat is due to a choice.
The job we have is due to a choice.
You are where you are today because of the previous choices you have made. It is evident that today’s choices make tomorrow’s reality. There are choices in our control and others that are out of our control. The choice to make a good choice connects us to discipline and discretion.
Discipline and discretion are keys to the kind of life we live – good, great, or not so great.
Poor choices make a not so great life.
Ask the guy who chose to have an affair. We recently saw this from a New York Mega Pastor. The choice of adultery is devastating in all areas of life. Adultery ruins families, careers, reputations, and financial stability. There is this Bible guy named David, who suffered from both good choices and bad.
David courageously decides to fight a guy named Goliath. Goliath was a Philistine warrior and David was a teenage boy. David enters into battle as the sole deliverer for the army of Israel. If David wins the hand to hand combat the nation of Israel wins the war. David’s choice of weapons is very unconventional, and the leaders of Israel try to convince David to use other weapons.
“Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. ‘I cannot go in these’, he said to Saul, ‘because I am not used to them’. So, he took them off.
As you can see from the story David does not choose the armor and the hardware that King Saul suggests.
David tested the armor and realized it was not what he needed. It is imperative for us to learn to use what works for us. David put off all the things that people were trying to put on him.
We are prone to please others rather than stand up for ourselves.
King Saul dresses David for battle. Has anyone tried to dress you for life? Maybe someone tried to choose your career. When I chose to be a Pastor many tried to dress me in other careers.
We must resist what others attempt to put on us. David knew this. Did you see that David took off the wardrobe they chose for him?
Maybe you need to do what David did.
Take off the descriptions and wardrobes please place on you – loser, drug addict, black sheep, ADHD, bi-polar, lazy.
Lay those aside, yes take them off!!
On a better note:
God has labels for us:
I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. (John 15:15, NKJV)
Sons and Daughters
“I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” (II Corinthians 6:18, NKJV)
The righteousness of God
“God made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we would become the righteousness of God.” (II Corinthians 5:21, NKJV)
For we are his workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them.” (Ephesians 2:10, NKJV)
Heirs of God
And if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
Let’s grab those God-labels and learn the benefits.
Yes, and even that is a choice.
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