“The greatest power a person possesses is his power to choose,” wrote Psychologist and author, Dr. J. Martin Kohe
“Destiny is not a matter of chance,” observed William Jennings Bryant, “it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” Paul J. Meyer was right when he wrote, “You are the sum of all your choices.” The poet Robert Frost expressed the power and impact of choice in his famous poem, “The Road Not Taken.”
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
Life is full of choices. Some are small, some are big. Some choices, such as what shirt to wear in the morning, or where I will eat lunch, may have little or no consequence. But others choices, such as the friends I hang out with, or the values I embrace, have far-reaching and even eternal consequences.
Joshua, who succeeded Moses as the leader of Israel, issued a great challenge of choice to God’s people.
“But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” (Josh. 24:15).
Our choice of Masters is huge. Will we follow Jesus? Or will we serve the Devil? Now, most of us do not consciously say, “I choose to serve the Devil.” But we may do so by making some wrong choices.
When we choose the company of evil companions, our morals can become corrupted. When we choose to read salacious literature, watch filthy movies and listen to raunchy music, our minds can become degraded. When we choose to replace Bible reading with recreation and prayer with pleasure our souls can become spiritually malnourished. And whether we realize it or not we end up serving the devil. Jesus said, “he that is not with me is against me.”
Seemingly smaller choices that may not corrupt us can limit our ability to effectively serve the Lord. Charging a few dollars here and there on our Visa card can soon add up and then we become a slave to debt. Because of some poor choices each day, a few years later our opportunities to do more and have more are compromised.
Each semester college students must make choices regarding their classes. How many hours they will take and how much time they will devote to their studies. These choices day in and day out will affect if and when they graduate, whether they’re able to continue their education and possibly the ability to get a good job and provide well for their family.
The choices young people make in their dating relationships can impact their future lives for good or bad. It is important to make wise choices—choices that are in keeping with God’s standard for us.
Anthony Robbins expressed this way, “It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” This applies to your family, finances, faith and of course your future home.
We can’t undue our choices. We can only make new ones. Let’s resolve to make decisions that will glorify God and ensure for us good health, happiness on earth, and an eternal hope.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman