Footsteps in Faith: Choices bring us tricks or treats

| October 20, 2011 | 1 Comment

Chaplain (Capt.) Douglas Weaver
1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Division



Have you ever stopped to reflect on the thousands of choices you make every day?

What should I eat? Whom should I vote for? Whom shall I marry? Should I stay in the Army? Should I end my marriage? Should I purchase this item on credit?

Our daily choices ultimately create our future, because every choice that we make will either cause us to be blessed or cursed.

The bottom line is, all choices have consequences. These consequences will either be for our betterment or will work to destroy us, and we are always responsible for our choices.

We are challenged with this in Deuteronomy 30:19: “This day I call heaven and 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.”

Our choices can bring blessings or curses, tricks or treats.

Many people either lack wisdom to make good decisions or have been tricked and deceived to believe that their chosen course of action will bring them happiness. They have made wrong decisions and have even been encouraged to continue in destructive behavior.

God wants to save us from tragedy, sickness, fear, anxiety and the turmoil of this world, as we can become caught up in a cycle of destructive pain. The cumulative results of successive bad choices can leave us feeling paralyzed, depressed and lonely.

The good news is that God wants to heal us. First, we must be willing to honestly reflect on our courses of action. Second, we need to accept new truths that allow us to recognize our mistakes and the source of our pain.

God has promised that we will never be left stumbling in the dark. When we earnestly search his word, we will find practical and healthy solutions to life’s most difficult challenges. We must learn to stand upon the promises of God’s word.

Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”

Finally, we must be willing to move to a place of healing and safety. Albert Einstein is credited with saying, “The true definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results.”

The healing of the soul, which is a cleansing process, takes place as we learn, accept and apply new truths through a close and personal relationship with God.

Sinful habits are gained through our thoughts and choices. We can gain victory over those habits by thinking God’s thoughts. A person who feels unworthy and unacceptable can replace those negative feelings with the truth that he or she is created in the image of God and worthy of dignity and respect.

To change a habit of negative thinking, change that negative thought for its opposite. Instead of gossiping, say something nice about that person, instead. Very quickly, the negative habit will be broken.

To ensure our future is healthy and secure, and has God’s blessing on it, we must allow God’s wisdom to help us make decisions and yield to his spirit to enable us to live fruitful lives.



Category: Footsteps in Faith, News, Standing Columns

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  1. Marilyn Wells says:

    Thank u Captain Weaver. One of the best articles I have ever read. : )))

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