Thursday, September 16, 2010

You Get to Choose

“So, what are you going to do about it?” Uncle Dwayne’s question jerked me out of my puddle of imagined helplessness. Although I was only fourteen, he was teaching me a lesson I could take with me the rest of my life. He was showing me that I have choices.

No matter how bleak our picture seems, no matter what abuses we’ve suffered in the past, God always presents us with options.

Even if you’re reading these words from a prison cell, you can decide what kinds of thoughts you’ll keep and which you’ll discard. You get to choose what words will exit your mouth and which ones you’ll never allow the power to help or destroy. You say what books you read, what TV shows and movies you watch, and which friends’ advice you follow.

Our destiny is more up to us than we may realize.

The devil wants us to believe that we can’t help the shape of our circumstances, that we must tolerate whatever mess we find ourselves in today. That is a lie.

God wants us to tap into the power of His Spirit within us, and make choices that will propel us forward in our relationships, our health, our careers, and our ministries. Will we accept His challenge?

Like Uncle Dwayne, He asks us, “What are you going to do about it?”