Choice plays a key part in shaping your God-given destiny.
How you wish to be known rests in your making the right decisions, the right choices, at the right time in the direst and most difficult of situations and circumstances. First, let us establish what the difference between a decision and a choice is. The line between what constitutes a decision versus a choice may be small. A choice is an act of making a decision when faced with two or more possible solutions. It is the power, right or freedom to choose. A choice is an option. A decision is a choice that you make after taking time to think about it. A decision is a conclusion arrived at after due consideration. It is in your times of decision making that your destiny is being shaped.
Our choices make the difference in the quality of our lives and impact our sense of fulfillment.
Good choices lead to great accomplishments and a deep sense of well-being. In our lifetime, we will be presented with situations that require us to make a choice. A choice that will shape how the rest of our life pans out. A choice that will lead towards or away from our rightful path. Choices often require us to step out of our comfort zone and assert our authority, stand up for ourselves and fight for what we know is right. Some people will and some people won’t. Some will stand for something whilst others will stand for nothing, living in fear and allowing apathy to immobilise them into to choosing the wrong decision. They allow their need for self-preservation to silence them and stall the great accomplishments they have been designed for.
God has given each of us a beautiful precious gift in the shape of the dignity of choice
When faced with a choice to make a decision, begin with prayer and fasting, and take a look at the guiding principles of Gods kingdom and not what man or woman deems right and acceptable for you. This allows you to gain clarity and to come into alignment with the heart and will of God. During this time of prayer and fasting, you will discover what He is anointing you to deal with and what issues He may want you to address. It is a time to ask yourself ‘What is He calling me to address, to deal with and take action on?’
It is time to consider your values and see if they are in alignment with Gods values.
Ignoring and not taking your values into consideration will lead to a feeling of incompletion and discomfort. Values guide our behaviour, and to be able to make the right choices and decisions our values need to be aligned with Gods values. Integrity, wisdom and will are required to make the right choices. Our whole lives are a series of little choices and decisions, that may either lead to regret and resentment or abundance and accomplishment.
People want all of the rewards and ill-prepared and unwilling to experience the discomfort in living out their purpose and God-given destiny. Taking action to discover your true purpose and progress towards your destiny requires a righteous hard choice and very few people are willing to pay the price.
Grab a journal and take a good look at where you are now and where you would like to be. Be courageous and ask yourself some questions, such as –
- Where have your choices led you to so far in your life?
- Are you feeling fulfilled or living with some regret?
- Is it time for you to stand up, step out and take responsibility for your choices, instead of letting situations, circumstances and others take over and shape your destiny for you, which means you live out someone else’s destiny and not your own?!
What you do next is your choice and will shape your destiny.
Deuteronomy 30:19 (NIV)
This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.