You are living in a world of past decisions. The better the decisions you make, the better your life. A decision means that you made your mind up on something that determined a course of action. I have been in the ministry for over thirty years seeing people make disastrous decisions. Not only did they make terrible decisions, they rarely came to me, as their pastor, seeking counsel. Most of the time, people just told me what they were going to do. Then, when others asked them about their decisions, they would tell people they had talked to me about them. The worst was people would say God told them to do this or that. He didn’t.
ONE BAD DECISION
After many years of watching the fruit of bad decisions, I have come to the conclusion that one wrong decision can cost you ten years of wasted time.
Let’s say that an eighteen-year-old named Johnny makes a terrible decision out of rebellion goes partying, meets a girl for a one night stand and gets the girl pregnant. The girl hates Johnny and refuses to allow him to be a father to the child. He is, however, responsible for paying child support.
Ten more years goes by suffering from the one night stand, Johnny is now twenty-eight. At twenty-eight he makes another wrong decision and steals from his employer, gets caught, and convicted of a felony. He serves time in jail, gets out, but can’t find a decent paying job because of his criminal record. Another ten years of wasted time and suffering goes by, now he is thirty-eight.
At thirty-eight Johnny becomes unequally yoked with an unbelieving business partner and, yet again, suffers the fruit of disobeying God’s word, the company falls apart, and he files personal bankruptcy. Now Johnny is forty-eight years old.
Notice only three bad decisions wasted thirty years of Johnny’s life.
GETTING IT RIGHT
Let me help you think about the importance of getting decisions right. The definition of a decision is:
1. Making up your mind.
2. Taking a position.
3. Making a selection.
4. Selecting one option over another.
5. Determining to act a certain way.
6. Choosing a direction or path.
People go wrong because they don’t obey the written Word of God, seek God’s counselors, ask their parents, or successful people that have already been down that road.
Decisions determine destiny.
Decisions determine relationships.
Decisions determine finances.
As already said, you are the product of past decisions. Decisions determine the world you live in.
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