JULY 2021 - OUR DECISIONS DETERMINE OUR DESTINY
Our whole life is based on the decisions we make, whether it is big decisions like if we choose to go to college, get married, our career, or have kids, or even smaller decisions such as if we decide what to wear today, where to have lunch, or whether to go for a walk or watch a movie. All these decisions we make in life can affect our immediate short term or long-term futures.
Pastor and Author Chuck Swindoll gives us four (4) key words to keep in mind when making life changing decisions:
1. ALWAYS look beyond the immediate benefits. One of the major temptations we face today is the promise of immediate gratification. We want what we want when we want it!!! We are so focused on what we want that we fail to consider what else will come to us as a result.
2. NEVER underestimate the impact of the permanent consequences. We must consider if the short-term benefit of our decisions is worth the consequences that cannot be changed. There are decisions in life, good or bad, that unfortunately cannot be altered.
3. FORGET about pleasing only yourself. We must consider how our decisions will affect others. We might think the decision we face today will only affect us. Not true. No one is completely independent from others and from the Lord.
4. REMEMBER that if the decision is going to take a toll on your walk with God, it is the wrong decision. We must consider how our decisions impact our relationship with God. There is no decision worth the price of interfering with the intimate fellowship we have with our heavenly Father. Each one of us today are at a place because of decisions that we have made in the past. As we make life changing decisions in the future, let us take into consideration the encouragement and recommendations from Pastor Swindoll. It is important for us realize that our decisions do determine our destiny.
God’s blessings, protection, and favor to all.
Benny Nolen, Director
Joseph's Storehouse Food Ministry