Our Decisions Define Us?
In a primary sense, the Bible is the Story of God and His unfolding plan for mankind. In a secondary sense, it is a record of how men and women have responded to God in His dealings with them. And in this sense, it is a collection of stories outlining the choices men and women made; decisions that defined them for good or evil.
If you think about it, we are who we are based on the decisions we have made.
Right now … this minute … I am who I am because of the choices I make.
Let me amplify on this by pointing out what I am not.
I am not a product of my past. People with far worse baggage have overcome the restrictions of their past by making choices in their present that redefined their futures.
I am not a victim of circumstance. People facing far greater challenges have risen above their plight to become victors in life.
I am not the sum total of my genetics, my upbringing and my weaknesses. People dealt a hand far poorer than mine have shed their limitations to live lives of significance.
I cannot blame something in the water, something in the air or something in the food. Nor can I point the finger at the place of my birth, the colour of my eyes or the bully in fourth grade. And the nature versus nurture debate can only take you so far. The “raw materials” I have been given through my birth and upbringing are not a prison cell; they merely provide the context from which I am to make decisions to boldly go where I have not been before.
I have to accept—deep in my soul—that who I am right now is based on the choices I make, the decisions I have made over a life time. My decisions have defined me.
Now over to you …
In a very real and sobering way, you are—right at this moment—the sum total of your decisions; the choices you’ve made in the context of the “raw materials” you have.
The great news is that if the trajectory created by your life’s decisions has you on a crash course with a dead-end, you can—in God’s mercy and grace—set a new trajectory by realigning your choices with His will for your life. The Bible calls this 180° change in orientation, repentance. (And it’s not just something I do just once-off to start my faith journey, but a day-by-day realignment with God’s unfolding plan for my life).
Even at our very worst, good is just one decision away.
Make no mistake, our decisions define us.
When we make spineless, self-gratifying choices we weaken our will and mind and starve our inner man. If I’m consistently making selfish decisions in the small things, is it any wonder that my will is like jelly and my brain like porridge when I’ve got to make a big decision?
In stark contrast, making courageous, selfless decisions strengthens our will, ignites our mind and feeds our inner man. Even brave choices that turn out to be wrong, when repented of, can bring incredible growth and blessing. Failure is not fatal; it’s simply the opportunity to choose more wisely next time.