The Power of a Choice

10 Jul

“A moment can change a life forever.” – Amy Pittman

“I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;” (Deuteronomy 30:19)

What are the 3 biggest choices you ever made?
What are the 3 biggest choices in front of you at the present?
When confronted with a big choice, how do you make the best decision?

We continue with the theme of this week – “Story.” The topic today is “My story.” Every day each of us makes hundreds, if not thousands, of choices. Compounded over time, these seemingly small choices can have a dramatic ripple effect.

Reflecting back on my life again during the current UNCOMMON Journaling for Destiny course, I realize that my Jesus story began well before I actually met Jesus. Before I was even born, God was at work in my life.

There have been a multitude of circumstances that were beyond my control, but which greatly influenced my life, such as where I was born, who my parents were and what their character was like, my siblings, my birth order, etc. While journaling about this issue on June 21, I came to realize that all of the most influential people in my life were gifts from above – from God to shape me into who I am today.

As I grew older, I was allowed to make more and more choices, including ones with greater impact. The gift of choice – of free will – is a wonderful gift from above. Fortunately, God protected me many, many times from either making poor choices or serious consequences of poor choices. The only difference between me and the worst person who ever lived is God’s grace and mercy. The gift of God’s guidance and protection is priceless.

What were the 3 biggest choices of my life? The greatest choice of my life by far was committing my life to Christ on January 6, 2001. My second greatest choice was marrying Julia. Perhaps the third greatest choice of my life was choosing to double my daily quiet time and begin online journaling starting January 1, 2004. I’ve come to discover that online journaling is journaling on steroids. These devotional message are a direct result.

On Sunday July 6 I preached a message titled “The Greatest Salesman in the World.” The next morning (July 7), I shared that message with my 4 web workers during our daily group devotional time. As a result of that, Amy chose to read The Greatest Salesman in the World book and Tim chose to start journaling. They made the choice to immediately apply what they learned.

On July 9, JJ Phillips, one of my other workers, shared a message titled “The Power of a Choice.” He emphasized how one poor choice can eventually take you out. He talked about the ripple effect of our choices. This prompted Amy to share about one of the most popular Godtube videos that she posted on her blog on July 1. That video starts with a girl dancing with Jesus, but then she allows other things to distract her and progressively more and more people (things) get in between her and Jesus until she is at the point of suicide. Watch today’s short GodTube video to see how this ends.

What about you? Who or what is standing in the way of dancing with Jesus? What are you going to do about that?

Prayer Power
Abba, Father, we praise You as the God of choices, the God who allow each of us free will. Thank You for the power to choose life or death. Thank You for Your Word which provided the path to life. Bless the choices that I make each day. May I choose daily to die to myself and rise to new life in You. May I choose to establish and stick to a godly daily and weekly routine. Bless me to be very organized. Bless my readers likewise. Thank You Jesus. Amen and hallelujah!

Link of the Day
Lifehouse Everything Drama – 5 minute GodTube video

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Blessings to be a good steward of your daily choices!

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