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12/16/2009

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Choices And Consequences


"Sooner or later, everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences"....Robert Lewis Stevenson.

On June 17, 1972, five men were captured breaking in to the Democratic National Headquarters in the Watergate complex in Washington D.C. That choice, and the snowballing choices involved in the cover up, led to the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon on August 9, 1974. As tempting as it might be to blame the consequences of life on "things that have just happened", they are mostly the result of choices and decisions made. "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows" (Gal. 6:7). Someone much smarter than me once said that the self-made man is often the product of unskilled labor.

In many wedding vows there is a statement about "for better or worse." Better or worse are almost always the products of choices that we make. Choices that we make in the future are predicated upon those that have already been made. With each choice made we are building the edifice that is our self....We are building our characters. As our life progresses, decisions that we have made will make it either easier or harder to act in a certain way. None of us are in "standstill" mode. We are all works in progress. As Christians, our choices ought to be those that make us more Christ-like. It should be a sobering thought that every act in life counts. Many good acts can be canceled in an instant by one bad decision, and unfortunately we will more than likely be judged by those around us by that bad one.

Before I paint to bleak a picture, it is also encouraging to contemplate that every act counts. In that way, we can never really say that our lives are helpless, and that there is always hope. It is never too late to act the right way. We can make choices in faith that will have us stepping along the path of goodness and truth. Perhaps the first steps will be baby steps. God doesn't expect or require us to take larger steps than we are able to make. Each good choice that we make toward God is one that will make a positive difference. Through our decisions, based in Christ and His Word, our present situations can be altered. Remember... God isn't looking for people that can do everything, but those who are willing to do what they can...

Have a great day....Go about doing good... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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