Do You Have A Choice?

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TODAY  God has given me this day to use as I will.
I can waste it or grow in its light
And be of service to others. But what I
Do with this day is important
Because I have exchanged a day of my life for it.
Anonymous

When you make a choice it not only effects yourself but it has its effects on others like a chain reaction. Therefore before you say or do something, think of the possible future consequences to yourself or others. History has a long path strewn with bad decisions and wrong choices which has caused untold disasters, and cost millions of lives. However, whilst advocating that we control our own destiny, it is only a half truth for, whilst the choice is yours, the error would be to think that we do it all alone; we do not.

I believe we are all in the hands of God. Granted things often go other than you plan. The ways of God and mankind are mysterious. But your goals and your choices are yours to pursue and this choice and this pursuit are what sets your life apart from others. So you individually face a challenge as well as a choice; to make adjustments and yet be true to yourself. The obstacles just mean a shift off course. The strongest principles of growth lie in human choice. You only have one life and what we do with it depends on the choices you make. The late Heart Surgeon Meyer Friedman, wrote:: ‘Every day we are given a cup of time, we can use it or spill it’.

Life is so short. Make the most of every minute so that when you die you will have made the world just that much better for having been a part of it. Your time on earth is your only chance to prove your true worth. At birth you have no choice in your parents, family circumstances or wealth, the colour of your skin. But you do have some choice over what you make of your life once you are here. You can have mastery over your destiny, it is within your grasp, your control. The power lies within you. It is not an external force that controls you but an internal one. You shape your destiny, but your choices and the keys to making decisions are choices – to do or not do

Hope for the future depends on the path you choose. This is the most critical time in history of mankind and the future will depend on the choices you make right now. Today, society, instead of inculcating in your mind a desire to strive for achievement, to earn and save, to make sacrifices, to choose what is right, is instilling a desire for instant gratification through credit cards, auto-banks and television. No wonder it is so difficult for parents to teach their children to save and strive after good, and to work for a long term goal. The willingness to work is being dispelled from their minds, yet those who choose to be achievers, choose a willingness to work for what they want because they believe that the world does not owe them a living – that their future is a matter of choice.

There is a story about four people, named, everybody, somebody, anybody, nobody. There was an important job to be done, and everybody was asked to do it. Everybody was sure somebody would do it. Anybody would have done it, but nobody did. Somebody got angry about that, because it was everybody’s job. Everybody thought anybody could do it but nobody realised that everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that everybody blamed somebody when nobody did what anybody could have done.

Many people today are waiting for someone else to make the choice for them, to make their decisions for them, because they are either too lazy to do it for themselves or fear making any attempt. Your future is yours by choice. You can decide to be a winner or a loser, achiever or non-starter, law abiding citizen or criminal. However, what you choose is not just going to happen, you must make it happen. Someone asked me, “What is the secret of success?”, “There is no easy secret”, I replied, “you must jump at your opportunity”. He then asked, “How can I tell where my opportunity comes?” “You can’t”, I said “you’ll just keep on jumping”. Knowledge or people cannot help you be an achiever if you are not motivated to be one.

Over ninety percent of what you hear is negative talk and many of the media think you will buy that. The question that immediately springs to mind is – what are the things that failures don’t like to do? It is those things which do not come naturally to us. In other words, success cannot be achieved by following our natural likes or dislikes. The list is endless. The most important one is ‘developing good habits’. Success is different things to different people. Everyone has a different vision or idea of success and that’s alright. The old adage ‘Look before you leap,’ holds true today as ever it did, although I have to admit I did a lot of leaping first. Likewise – choose before you decide.

Make your choices wisely!

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