Did you choose wisely or poorly?

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I was watching a movie with my grandson the other day. He loves the Indiana Jones films and we happened to be watching Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. That’s the one where he and his father are searching for the Holy Grail. When they get to the place, the German agent and Indiana Jones are with a knight that was guarding the Grail since the Crusades. He told them to choose and gestured towards an area with many different cups. The German spy looked over the different cups and picked one that was highly polished gold and encrusted with jewels and said, “THIS is the cup of a King.” and drank from the cup and died. The old knight said, “You chose…….poorly.” at which point the German started to age rapidly and in seconds had turned to dust. Indiana Jones looked at the cups, and after a few moments picked up a plain looking cup and said, “This is the cup of a carpenter.”  Then, he drank from it, waited to see if he suffered the same fate as the German. Then, the knight said, “You chose……wisely.” Then, Indiana used the cup to save his dad. The wrong choice brought death, the right choice gave life.

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Watching that, it made me think about the times I made choices; how many times I chose poorly; how many times did I choose wisely? Sadly, I realize that I chose poorly more often that I chose wisely. I saw the bright, shiny objects, the “good times,” the pleasing things. Rather, the things I thought would be pleasing only to find that the joy those choices brought was fleeting, lasting but a moment, and then ended up facing the destruction that came with the bad choices. I have chosen wisely at times and saw the truth, that things that at first don’t offer the immediate rewards and “satisfaction” were in fact the things that offered long term rewards. But, out of all the choices, the best one I made was when I was dealing with the consequences of the bad choices was when I chose life everlasting. I made the decision to, rather than run from God and seek the things that in the human mind seem to be the beautiful things, turn to God, I asked Christ to provide the forgiveness I needed and He did so. I realized that I finally, truly chose wisely. I chose to seek God, to serve Him and am living a better, more rewarding life that also carries a promise of eternity in Heaven with Jesus.

Yes, I finally chose wisely, thankfully He helped me see the truth and brought me to the place that I did make the right decision and I praise God that He is so merciful and graceful and rewards me daily for that choice.

I would invite anyone reading to take a moment and consider your choices in the past and ask yourselves if you had chosen wisely or poorly. If you chose wisely, then great however if you find yourself questioning your wisdom in the choices, wondering if or knowing that you had chosen poorly, seek Him and His wisdom and guidance. If you realize that you made bad decisions then seen Him for help on how to make them right. Find what you need to do to correct your path to bring you to the place He wants you to be in life.

And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.   Joshua 24:15

19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, [that] I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:

20 That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, [and] that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he [is] thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

Deuteronomy 30:19-20

More importantly, for those facing choices, and we all do everyday, seek Him for the knowledge on how to make the right choice. Those who do  it know Him I tell you that the choice you have before you is simple, choose Christ and life eternal or choose that which may seem an option for something shiny, bright and encrusted with what seems to be riches but which brings sorrow and leads to eternity in Hell. If you choose wisely, confess you have sinned and are lost then ask God to forgive you for those sins. He will, Christ paid the price with His blood so you can have the forgiveness and redemption that is waiting.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.   I John 1:9

 

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  Romans 10:9

 

Lord,  I praise Your Holy name and thank You for showing me the right choice. That despite all the wrong choices I have made You still cared enough to send You Son Jesus to suffer for those sins and pay the price for me. I worship You for your mercy and grace. I ask in the name of Jesus that You speak to those struggling with bad decisions or who are at a point of trying to make a decision that you help them make the right choice. Help them choose wisely. I ask that You draw my loved ones to You and show them the right paths and help them accept a You as their Savior.

Amen

 

thank you once again to those who take the time to read my ramblings. I hope all have a blessed day and please try to be a blessing to at least one person today.

 

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What to do, what to do?

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I am facing a decision, a fork in the road, trying to decide which road to take. As I consider options for the future I vacillate between a variety of choices. There are many options for us all, regardless of current circumstances and there are many choices to be made. I am faced with making decisions that will impact my life in many ways and some options will be dramatic changes in my life now and in the future. I make mental lists of pros and cons for each choice as I try to weigh the options, what are the advantages and disadvantages of each. While doing so I find that one choice has definite benefits over the other possibilities and, of course, as I think about things more I see yet another choice would be better for me. And, it goes on and on like that, one pays more, but would be a huge change, one offers stability if you will as it does not require sacrifice or change. The more I think one option is the right one and start to get more certain, the less certain I am about it and the more doubt starts to pop into my mind.

Basically, the more I think rather than being more certain, I become more uncertain. Obviously, I need wisdom beyond what I possess. VERY obviously, I need some guidance from God on this so I believe it is time to look to the scripture first, then pray on things after that so I know the path He has planned for me and wants me to take.

 

5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6

 

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. James 1:5

 

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11

 

14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

1 John 5:14-15

 

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10

 

6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7

 

12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

John 14:12-14

 

 

 

Well, lots there telling me that He will help me, if I seek Him and listen to Him. So, time to pray a bit and give all the circumstances to God so that He can show me His will and way.

 

Heavenly Father,  thank You for your words to show me that more important than the decision I make, is the way in which I make it and that in order to make the right decision, the decision that You wish me to make I must first seek You and when I do, You will show me the way. I pray in Jesus name that You show me the heart and mind of Christ that I will be able to hear You and know Your will and way for me. That I have no doubt about the decision I make and that while making the decision I put myself aside and look and listen to You while weighing my options. Give me Your wisdom as I make my decisions and help me be humble before You, not trying to push my will into the decision but look to You for that. I ask that You help my loved ones know that the decision is from You and that Your hand is guiding me. Draw us all closer to You and show us all Your will and Your plans for us. Give us all the wisdom to listen to You and understand what You are telling us. I thank You Lord for my forgiveness and salvation through your son Jesus who died on the cross to redeem my sins. Help me be a blessing to others that Your glory is shown through me.

Amen

 

Thanks to all for your time. I ask that you pray for me, that He work in my heart so I know His plans. I hope all have a blessed day and have a chance to be a blessing to someone else as well.