“We are males by birth, but men by choice.” -Edwin L. Cole.
In 1969, American singer, actor, and producer, Francis Albert Sinatra, aka ‘Frank Sinatra’, who was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century, popularized a song entitled ‘My Way’ which spent 75 weeks in the UK Top 40, a record which still stands. The song is about the adventure of a man who makes decisions without putting God in view. The truth is our way, most times, are not God’s way. For there’s a way that seems right unto man, but the end thereof leads to death.(Proverbs 14:12)
One of the realities of life is that you end up becoming like those with whom you closely associate—either for good or bad. The company you keep will determine what will accompany you in life. Indeed the Bible’s right when it says “A mirror reflects a man’s face, but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses.” Thomas Carlyle buttresses this point as he observed, “Show me the man you honour, and I will know what kind of man you are, for it shows me what your idea of manhood is, what kind of man you long to be.”
As you go through life, you will be faced with a wide range of choices. You will be faced with the choice of whom to marry (if you are not yet married), career or kind of business to pursue, where to reside, whom to associate with, etc. Since this topic is very crucial, it is essential we revisit its definition.
According to Microsoft Encarta Dictionaries, choice is “the ability to select from among a number of alternatives”. Since these alternatives will equally look so appealing, you’ll definitely need the help of God to always make the right decisions in life.
Deuteronomy 30:19(KJV) reads: “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing…” God constantly gives us a wide range of choices to consider. He also desires that we make the right decisions in life. That is why He concludes the verse by saying “…Therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.” Judging by this portion of the Bible, it’s so obvious that God does care about you and the choices you make.
Who guides you in your decision making? If God’s not in view, then you are bound to make mistakes which can even mar your destiny. There was a man in the Bible who thought he could do it all by himself. He tried to use his intellect without acknowledging his Maker. His end was pathetic. His name was Lot. Hear what the Bible has to say about him:
“And Lot lifted up his eyes and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere (before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah), even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt as thou comest to Zoar. Then Lot chose for himself all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east, and they separated themselves the one from the other.” Genesis 13:10 &11 (KJ21)
Looking at the aforesaid portion of the Bible, one would realize that Lot never consulted God in making that one and important decision. He did it his own way and paid dearly for it—he lost virtually all that he had. (Genesis 19:1-26)
Are you an entrepreneur or an employee? Learn to seek the mind of God concerning every issue of your life. The time you spend waiting on God’s directive isn’t a time wasted.
Aside from Lot, there are also other people who have made wrong choices in life. I top the list (I kid you not). With the benefit of hindsight, I can tell you it pays to make good choices.
In spite of the fact that some of us have made wrong choices in life, the good news is that some other people have also made right choices in life. Some of those who got it right with their choices include Joseph, the son of Jacob.
Joseph chose to love his brothers when it was obvious that they hated him. When he was sold and eventually found himself in Potiphar’s house and was faced with the choice of giving in to Mrs. Potiphar’s advances thereby gaining rapid promotion, or saying no and consequently risking his life, he chose rather to suffer affliction than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.
The choice you make either brings you closer to your place of rest or takes you farther from it. The choice you make today will determine your placement in life. It will either make you or mar you. Remember, if you miss your location, you’ll definitely miss your allocation.
Be a man of good choice.