We Make Our Choices, and Our Choices Make Us

By: Woody Godbey

“Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”  Another version say’s it this way, “Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.” —2 Timothy 2:22

Have you ever wondered why some Christians succeed and other Christians fail? Why is it that some run the race of life and cross the finish line with flying colors and others just collapse and fall short? I’ve concluded it’s because of choices, choices we make every day. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said from the pulpit, “we make our choices, and our choices make us”. And life is filled with choices.

From the time you get up in the morning until the time you go to bed at night, you will have made hundreds and maybe even thousands of choices. Think about for a minute, some are simple choices that don't mean a lot, and then there are choices that mean a great deal. It all boils down to If you want to grow spiritually, you will. And if you don't want to grow spiritually, you won't. It’s not the luck of the draw or something that only happens randomly; it’s making the right choice to do the right thing.

We go forward in faith or backward in doubt. So, we are either going forward as Christians or we’re going backward. We’re either going to progress, or regress. We’re either going to gain ground, or we will lose ground. And don’t think about just standing still!  If we stand still, we will lose ground. So, this is the kind of commitment we should be seeking daily, to grow spiritually, to progress, and to learn and not just hold our own.

Like everything we do, it takes commitment. As Christians we need to commit ourselves to growing spiritually, because there are things that hurt and weaken our spiritual growth, and there are things that help it. We want to live lives that will honor God and stay away from the things that will drag us down spiritually. Because spiritual growth is based on doing what is good and not doing what is bad.

We all fail and sometimes miserably.  Look at David, Adam, Moses, Peter and the Disciples.  They all committed to the Lord and had some failures, but their failures didn’t stop them from recommitting and going forward.  Never give up on yourself because God is still working on you and in you.  Our choices make us so make the right choices!  God Bless!!