You didn’t get to choose your background.
You didn’t get to choose the family that raised you.
You didn’t even get to choose your name.
You didn’t get to choose how your began your life here on earth.
But today… you can choose how it will end.
You can choose where you will spend your eternity.
You can choose the people you want to spend time with.
You can choose the environment you want to be in.
You can choose what kind of legacy you want to leave.
You can choose what kind of person you want to be.
When I was younger I was very much a bookworm – I would read all kinds of interesting books that would catch my attention. One book series that really caught my eye was a series called “Choose Your Own Adventure”. The books always began with this…
Beware and Warning!
This book is different from other books.
You and YOU ALONE are in charge of what happens in this story.
There are dangers, choices, adventures, and consequences. YOU must use all of your numerous talents and much of your enormous intelligence. The wrong decision could end in disaster – even death. But, don’t despair. At any time, YOU can go back and make another choice, alter the path of your story, and change its result.
Whatever happens, good luck!
Each one of our lives is a story of its own.
A story that may not always be written down with ink on paper, but a story nevertheless.
And our stories are very similar to these “choose your own adventure” books.
We live our lives and we come across many different decisions that we make on a daily basis.
Although many of these decisions may seem insignificant at the moment, every single one of them plays an important role in leading you to where you are in life.
Where you are at the end of your life depends on the choices you made along the way whether it be successful, happy, alone, disappointed, wealthy, indigent…
And what matters even more than how your life here on earth ends is where you will go after your story here is finished.
Because not only does your life and your choices lead you to a certain ending on earth, they also determine where you end up in eternity.
Even if you live an incredible life on earth and you die happy, rich, and successful it doesn’t really matter if it won’t lead you to an eternity spent with your Creator.
It’s really easy to get caught up in the busy-ness of life and forget that even though it’s important to meet our needs here on earth and do what is best for our future – we are destined for something beyond our lives here and our choices in life should reflect that.
We shouldn’t choose to do what only benefits us here on earth – but also what will make a difference for eternity.
If we only live to satisfy our physical desires on earth and not strive to live for God and the eternity that awaits us – at the end it really will all just be a chasing after the wind.
A meaningless pursuit.
A wasteful ambition.
Obviously, you can’t control your future.
You can’t determine where the road will take you next.
You can’t know ahead of time what setbacks you will have.
But honestly what matters most is not what happens to you, but rather what you choose to do with what does.
You may have a painful background and upbringing and you can choose to wallow in self-pity and limitation, or you can move ahead and create a better future for yourself and those that follow you.
You may not be the person you want to be today. You may not be working at your dream job. You may not be surrounded by the greatest of friends. You may not have the best relationship with God, but it’s up to you whether you will do what it takes to change it… or whether you’ll allow it to remain the same.
It’s all up to you.
And every little decision you make will play a role in how your story will end.
If you eat right and exercise regularly today your health will be better tomorrow.
If you go to college and excel in your work your job opportunities will be greater when you graduate tomorrow.
If you spend quality time with your family and friends today, your relationships will be better tomorrow.
If you invest into your future financially today, your retirement days will be better tomorrow.
If you learn to count your blessings today, you will be more content tomorrow.
If you spend time with God in prayer and His Word today, you will draw nearer to Him.
If you serve God with your time, energy, and money today, your reward will be great tomorrow.
If you live a life that honors God today, your story will end better tomorrow.
It’s that simple. And you have sole responsibility of where your tomorrow will lead.
So today, with every step you take, with every decision you make, with everything you choose to put your time and energy into you are deciding how your tomorrow will be.
Your background won’t determine it.
Your upbringing won’t change it.
Your friends and family won’t affect it.
It’s all up to you and what you do today.
My question to you is this: how do you want your story to end? And what choices are you making today to go in that direction?
Whatever you do, don’t waste time on things that won’t be good for you in the long run and instead choose well.
Choose well your thoughts.
Choose well your priorities.
Choose well your actions.
Because you will reap tomorrow what you sow today so sow in such a way that you look forward to what your will reap because of it tomorrow.
Don’t just sow into things that matter only in this world. Sow into what matters to God.
Sow in your relationships.
Sow in the words you speak to others.
Sow in the way you treat the people around you.
Sow in the way you live your life reflecting God’s character.
Sow into eternity.
Be blessed and choose what you do wisely today. -Anna… ♥
“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” – Galatians 6:7-8