Tonight as I was putting my daughter to bed, we were filling out her prayer journal. There are three questions listed each day for her to fill out:
- What did you do today?
- What are you thankful for?
- What do you want to pray about?
As my second grader wrote her responses, I noticed a common theme tonight. “I made good choices today.” “I’m thankful that I know how to make good choices,” and finally, “I want to pray that I keep making good choices.”
Her answers to the questions led us to talk about choices. You see, my daughter came into my life at eight-years-old through adoption. When she arrived, she struggled to make the right choices and allowed herself to be a captive to decisions that were made for her or ones that she has made for so many years she doesn’t know any other way. One of the first issues we addressed head-on was that she had the power to choose a new direction for her life and the little choices that she made today would impact her future. So, when she felt like lying to get attention, that choice would have a consequence and break trust in relationships. If she continued to believe that she couldn’t read or spell or write, then she would never accomplish those things. But if she chose to see herself as the beautiful, creative, shining light that God created her to be, she would start to live that way!
Choices are powerful.
We have had an ongoing discussion about choices, but today was very special to my sweet girl. You see, her teacher wrote me a note that she was proud of the decisions my daughter has been making at school and that encouraged my little one to write in her journal and acknowledge that her choices have made all the difference in the positivity she has been experiencing in her life.
Have you ever thought about the power of choices? Each daily decision you make has a long-term effect on your life. So how do you make the right choice?
The biggest tip I have when it comes to determining the right decision is to put it through a “God-centered filter.” Adopt the old phrase “What would Jesus do?” and truly reflect on His response! Also, think through your goals and longterm objectives and decide the impact of your choice.
For example, if your goal is to live a long and purposeful life, choosing to feed your body well and take care of yourself is vital! Each time you say “yes” to another slice of chocolate cake and “no” to heading to the gym or turning on that workout video, you are putting a larger barrier between you and your hopes for the future. On the other hand, if you are always saying “no” to your sweet tooth or never allowing yourself rest from physical activity, you may be keeping your body healthy, but other parts of yourself may suffer. Choices you make must consider a necessary balance!
Another example of choices you make is when you choose to allow sin to stay in your life and plant roots. Whether it’s anger, lust, jealousy, or pride, each choice you make will either feed that sin or help weed it out of your life. Be intentional with what you allow to grow.
The BIG choices are not always the most important. Be aware of the little everyday choices you are making as well because, before you know it, you will have formed habits that are hard to break.
Remember, God has created you for good, and though He has given you free will, He will also help guide you towards the right decisions. Include Him in your life and allow Him to lead.
Tell us in the comments: what important choice do you need to make today?