The greatest gift that God gave humanity is the gift of free will—the ability to make choices. Life is a series of choices. Right choices bring right results and right things. Wrong choices bring wrong results and wrong things. Simply put—the choice is yours.
I had a choice many years ago and that was the best choice that I’ve ever made—the choice to follow Christ. I had another choice and I chose well—we’ve been together for over forty-six years. We made a choice not to have children immediately. That proved a wise choice because children drastically alter your life. They did.
I don’t want you to think that every choice that I’ve made has been a good one. I chose to buy a property that was a drain for years. I chose to trust untrustworthy people (more than once!) to my own hurt. But most of the time I’ve made choices that have worked out.
I should also add that a long time ago I chose what the poet Robert Frost called, “the road less traveled” and though to an outsider it may not seem to have been a good choice, for me it has been a rewarding journey. And I’ve been able to help a lot of good people along the way.
Life is a series of choices. So how can you make right choices? Let me suggest four things.
DELETE NEGATIVE EMOTIONAL ENERGIES
Fear, insecurity, jealousy, unjust anger (there is a justifiable anger you know), are all negative emotional energies and if you make your choices under their influences you will always make the wrong choice.
Before you get angry take a deep breath, count to one hundred, count to a thousand if need be, let it go. And then make a rational decision as to how you should be reacting to whatever angered you. Examine your fear and decide whether your fear is justified. Most of the time it isn’t. Those times it is simply help you to make the right choice in the situation. Jealousy? There will always be someone with more, there will always be someone with less. And if it’s jealousy in a relationship, is it really something to be jealous of, or is it a sign that you need to let someone go? Think about it. Everyone has felt insecurity but no one can make you less than you know yourself to be. Develop a healthy sense of self-worth and no one can make you feel insecure. Delete Negative Emotional Energies is you want to make right choices.
DON’T ENTERTAIN STINKIN’ THINKN’
I have to thank the late, great Zig Ziglar for the phrase “stinkin’ thinkin’”.
Martin Luther famously said, “You can’t keep a bird from flying over your head but you can keep it from making a nest in your hair.” We’ve all been limited by our thinking. “As hethinketh in his heart so is he.” If you think you can you can, if you think you can’t you’re equally right. What do you think?
There is a phrase in the world of computer programming, “Garbage in, garbage out.” Watch your thoughts. If you focus on positive things positive thoughts will grow. Think health, wealth, happiness, and harmony—even if none of these exist in your life because if you think on these things they will. Don’t Entertain Stinkin’ Thinkin’.
DESIST NEGATIVE ACTIVITIES
I watched Mea, our then, four year old grand-daughter as she connected the dots on a restaurant’s kid’s menu place mat. “She’s four, she gets it, why is it so difficult for some of us grown-ups to connect the dots?
We spend too much and wonder why we’re broke. Let our relationships grow stale and wonder why we’re alone. We eat poorly, ignore what our bodies are telling us, and wonder why we are sick. Connect the dots—if what you’re doing is counter-productive to what you want out of life Stop Doing Them!
Right choices, right results, right things. Wrong choices, wrong results, and wrong things. The Choice is yours.
Now join me “Behind The Door” as I remind you of the “Seven Secrets For Sudden Success.” This stuff is so powerful that the notes have a permanent place in my Sunday notebook. You can go “Behind The Door” right now if you have the password. If you don’t, hit the “Sowing” button and sow a seed of any size into this ministry and you'll be redirected to the password page. Write it down because it’s good for the rest of the month. I’ll meet you “Behind The Door."