We all make choices everyday that impact our lives.
I didn’t wake up this morning and opt to rob a bank so I wouldn’t have to go to work. I didn’t get up and strategize to get even with that impossible person who said those incredibly hurtful things. Nor did I choose to abandon my Christian beliefs because I don’t understand why God hasn’t answered my prayers the way I want Him to. Any of these choices could eventually land me in a difficult place. But the choice to go to work, be nice anyway or to stay in church, all have a lasting impact on my future.
Don’t we all do what we ‘want’ to do anyway?
If any of these scenarios played out just think of the impact my choices would have on those I love? None of us live in a vacuum. And if I went to prison because of my bad choices, it would impact my husband, children, family, and friends right?
It’s not a stretch to say that choosing to make the right choices impacts those in my life too.
Let’s play this out in the area of our mourning quiet time with God. It’s a choice to get up and carve out the first fifteen minutes to worship, read The Word and pray OR to hit snooze… just one more time. Hearing from The Lord makes an impact. And the truth is we choose daily to commit to the time or not. Bottom line, making the right choices impacts us and others in our lives.
It’s the choices we make that make up our character.
Samson’s mother chose to listen to The Lord and it had an impact on her life and her child.
From all indications she was a good character but it was her choices that made her and her son stand out in the Bible. Although nameless, this woman had faith to believe the Word of The Lord for her life and her family and her choices caused her to make her way to the pages of the book of Judges. She obeyed the instructions from God for her life and she raised her son with the same obedience to detail.
None of us today will end up on the pages of the Bible because it is complete. But we can learn from the women who did. Samson’s Mom teaches us that we can choose to make the right choices. God cares about every decision we make. The Bible says God records our life, good and bad.
For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil. Ecclesiastes 12:14
While we do have to live with the backlash of our poor decisions we also get to live with the rewards of our good choices – large and small.
Everything in our lives is a reflection of a choice we have made. In other words, we are victims of our every choice. And either way…the right choice or wrong one… we get a do over every day. His mercies are new every morning.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. Lamentation 3:22-23