Life Lesson #2: Choose Wisely
Life Lesson #2: Choose Wisely:
Everyday we are asked to make choices big and small. Some of those choices may seem insignificant while others may affect the next 10 years of your life.
Several years ago, I visited the Potters House for a Sunday night service and I heard Pastor TD Jakes say:
"Every decision you have made in your life good and bad big or small, easy or difficult, have brought you to this very place and time to bring you here tonight"
My best friend, Mandy, then turned to me and said,
"He's right, Estreitta, you are only here in Texas because of the choice you made to move back from Minnesota to be closer to [the ex i had just broken up with]"That one choice I made in December 1995 to move back in Texas did change things in my life dramatically:
- I missed 2 years of College
- I had strained relationships in MN because of me just picking up and moving back to Texas, there were people who were depending on me
- I accumulated a lot of debt, mostly credit card
- I got to reconnect with high school friends from Springtown
- I served in the Youth Ministry at my home church in Azle
"That which does not kill us makes us stronger."
God revealed to me this analogy during the aftermath of my decision:
God's loyal love couldn't have run out,
his merciful love couldn't have dried up.
They're created new every morning.
How great your faithfulness!
I'm sticking with God (I say it over and over).
He's all I've got left. (Lamentations 3:22-23, The Message)
When we ask Him to forgive us for our screw-ups, I'm so thankful He is the God of 2nd, 3rd, 4th...chances.
Another part of this lesson that I learned was to Listen to Wise Counsel.
Many of my close Christian friends tried to tell me I was making impulsive decisions and bad choices. Many of them had a bad feeling about my boyfriend at the time. But because I "thought" I was hearing from God, I wouldn't listen to their words of wisdom. I didn't realize until afterwards that the Lord was using my friends to try to wake me up to prevent me from making the choices I was making. Because they were right, he was bad news and it was not a good choice.
So if you are ever making a decision check with your friends and family that know and love you and Love God. AND LISTEN to their WISE COUNSEL. They will help you every step of the way.
When Erik and I were dating about 6 months and we started talking about marriage, I asked my friends and family what they truly thought of Erik. I asked them to be totally honest.
You know every single one of them said, "Erik is a great guy, we can tell he truly loves the Lord and that he honors and respects you. We are excited for you!"
Marrying Erik was most definitely one the best decisions I made, it wasn't impulsive and I sought wise counsel from friends and family. This helped me to choose wisely!
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