Friday, November 20, 2009

are you just a little shortsighted?

When we choose the behavior, we then in reality choose our consequence also. For every action has a reaction, just as we learned cause and effect in grade school. Why can we not seem to understand this now? I have made some bad choices in my lifetime so far, my behavior was not always pleasing to God and I have seen the effects of my choices. Sometimes our behavior although it doesn't seem so bad at the time, we later in life see just how far Christ has brought us. Each day we make choices right when our feet hit the floor until we close our eyes at night. Everything is a choice, our behavior is either a direct response to our choice or was the beginning of the choices we have made. We often think our choices are ours to make, as long as we are happy what does it really matter? Every choice we make effects those around us. Everytime we act, there is a direct reaction, and our choices are either good or they are bad. We often do not see the effects or consequences of our choices until later on when things begin to fall apart. When we choose to get in a car after drinking, our action is not only causing consequences to us, but may just cause them to another family or even your family. When we choose to leave the one who loves us for another, we may think we are okay for that moment, but those consequences will come. It is often through those consequences that we learn, that we wake up. It can even be the lack of consequences that shakes us into reality, for we know just what could have happened if we were caught. But whether we are caught or not, we still must live with our actions. We sometimes don't feel the pain of our choices until we too have children and we are watching them hurt, its then that we remember just how much pain we too caused our parents. In 2 Peter 1:5-11 it says; "But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will not stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." We are responsible for our actions, for the circumstances that follow. For us to mature as christians, we must realize we have stumbled, and humbly go to the Lord, for He will cover us with His love. Many times we are only concerned with life right at this minute. Every teenager faces that head on. As we are only thinking about life right now, right at this minute, we are not thinking just how are actions affect everything about our lives to come.The choice we make one moment may bring glory to God or it can bring shame to our name. We must stop thinking selfishly, thinking of only right now in this minute. I have seen so much pain from those kinds of choices, and it takes much longer getting over the pain of a choice than it did to make it. Wherever you are today in your walk, know that the Lord is there for you. May we choose Him daily, may we walk with Him every minute and asking Him for the wisdom about our decisions. We can either choose to live for Christ or we can choose to make our own path. I pray we choose to follow Him daily in our choices. How we choose to live right now will effect the blessings and riches that God gives to those who choose to follow Him. Our reward will be greater in heaven if have walked with Him here on earth making right choices. We don't have to look back, we can begin today with the right choices~
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