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Choices

Posted on: June 14, 2008 7:13 pm
Edited on: June 14, 2008 7:19 pm
 

Hey everyone! This month i'm going to talk about the choices we make.

As we go throughout life sometime or another we'll have to make a choice. It can be something small like "what should i have to eat?" or "which day should i book a doctors' appointment?" and sometimes it can be a choice that is big like "do i really want to apply for this job?". It can be a big choice or a small choice, an important choice or a not-so-important choice; whatever it is we still have to make up our minds. Some choices effect us right when we make a decision, others will effect us in the future. A smart choice that you make when you're young will most likely pay off in later years.

The most important choice that you'll ever have to make in your lifetime is wheather or not to accept Jesus Christ as your Saviour. God always has His arms open. He wants to come into your life and save you from your sins. I hope that you make right decisions in your life. God Bless!

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Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: June 19, 2008 1:05 am
 

Choices

Psalm 119:71, 72
"It is good for me that I have been afflicted,
That I may learn Your statutes.
The law of Your mouth is better to me
Than thousands of shekels of gold and silver."

All of Psalm 119 guided my decision making when I worked, and it still guides me now. This Psalm starts with the author valuing the world and his achievements on an equal par with God's word and His law. As the Psalm progresses, the author comes to the conclusion that being humbled in order to learn to properly elevate God and His word above all else is a good and helpful thing. The author concludes that God's law is greater in value than anything the world could provide.

At work, I would make an error and be tempted to make an excuse to explain it away or to hide it; learning to humble myself and take responsibility and ask for help and admit and correct an error was far more productive; letting my ego take those hits made me a better person, a better employee, a better manager, and a better servant of God.

Work often posed challenges that would have compromised my values. I unfortunately had several occasions that required a choice--do what an employer asked even though it meant telling a lie to a client or misrepresenting a product to secure a sale, OR be true to God's law and refuse to engage in such practices. It led to conflicts at work, but it gave me a chance to explain my ethics and why I could not and would not engage in deceit. I remained a valuable employee and moved up through the company, but unfortunately, the company always found someone else who would carry out a deceit.

It is good for me to learn humility and exercise God's values, regardless of the cost. My achievement and advancement was determined by God's timing and plan and was accomplished only through obedience to Him.



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: June 18, 2008 3:28 pm
 

Choices

Wonderful comment and wonderful prayer! Thank you.




Since: Oct 27, 2007
Posted on: June 17, 2008 2:33 pm
 

Choices

Choices indeed!

Every choice that we make has an impact on us and others. I try my best to seek God's guidance, and will as I walk day to day, not to mention the big decisions in life. When I choose him, I always find the right way, and when I don't, I usually fall. No fun :( What we choose to put into our bodies, and what we choose to allow out of our mouths have long lasting effects, whether emotional or other.

There is a prayer that I will share with you, "The prayer of Jabez".

1 Chronicles 4:9-10

9 Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez,<sup>[]</sup> saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” 10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.

This is a great prayer ... all of it, but the part that I underlined is a Godly man's choice. We also choose what we pray for. This part of the prayer is a selfless request to keep himself free of evil desire and temptation that he might not fall prey ... because he does not want to cause his Loved ones (or anyone) pain. How often does a choice that we make cause someone else harm, or pain. Here is a link to get the prayer of Jabez book. It is life transforming. I try to pray this every day.

Be blessed all, and choose well ;)



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