Freedom of choice is an ongoing topic. And rightly so! It has been debated and discussed for centuries. From Plato, Hume, Descartes, and every philosopher in their wake, there have been discussions about human freedom, our choices and actions. Noam Chomsky had this to say, "As soon as questions of will or reason or choice of action arise, human science is at a loss." Whether you agree or disagree with Chomsky there are some facts about choices that are difficult to deny.
- Our Choices Have Consequences: There is one fact that most will agree upon—our choices have consequences! Sure, we have freedom of choice, but that choice can have devastating results and can harm not only ourselves but other people too. In my view, this is scientifically verifiable. Look at the evidence around us. The impact of two World Wars in the 20th century and the decisions of the leaders at that time had devastating consequences. Even the good decisions we make have consequences. Before you make a decision try and anticipate the consequences.
- Our Choices Determine Who We Are: Jean-Paul Sartre said, "We are our choices." And whatever else he thought, he was right on this one! We make our choices on the basis of our beliefs—our worldview. Choices are not made in a vacuum they are made out of our inner selves. Every choice we make determines more of who we are and who we become.
- Our Choices Impact Our Future: Don't be deceived into thinking that your choices do not matter. Of course our choices matter. Our choices today do not only impact this moment they will impact tomorrow. We need to be responsible for the choices we make! Don't make a decision and then run from the responsibility—that is cowardly!
So my friend, my prayer for you today is that you will make considered, wise, and deliberate choices.
Forty years ago I chose to become a Christ follower. As I look back, I can see how that one choice has shaped my entire life and every decision that followed.
I can say with all sincerity, my decision to follow Jesus has made my life complete. Now don't hear me wrong. I did not say that decision has made my life easy. No, I have faced challenges, heartaches, struggles and more joy and fulfillment than words could ever express.
I know and have experienced the power or the consequences of my choices. I have made some good choices and some bad. The bad ones cost me—believe me! The good choices are still bearing fruit to this day.
At the start of a new day determine that your choices will be considered, deliberate and wise. Have a blessed day each one!
I am and always will be,
recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus,