Life is full of options and choices right from the beginning of creation. In the garden of Eden, God gave man the option of choice. He gave man dominion over all that was created, told him what to eat and what not to, and also gave him option to choose obedience or disobedience. Options and choices are actually synonyms so I’ll be using the two words interchangeably.
Option – One of the choices which can be made; The freedom or right to choose.
Choice – An option; a decision; an opportunity to choose or select something.
– One selection or preference; that which is chosen or decided; the outcome of a decision.
– Anything that can be chosen; usually with the The best or most preferable part.
When you choose an option, it means you prefer and favor it above all other options presented. The good thing is life daily presents us with options and choices. Each new day, week, month or year, present opportunities to choose from.
Even when life boxes you into a corner, there are still options to choose from, that’s why you can hear people say “I was torn between a rock and a hard place” – options and choices! Dilemmas too represent options albeit unpleasant ones. This is why I find it difficult to accept when someone says “I was left with one or no choice…” When life pushes you to a corner, take a moment and think. You’ll usually find that there is more than one option to choose from; more options than you initially assumed.
Choosing to do nothing is also a choice – the options are to be assertive and act accordingly or to be passive and do nothing – the choice is still yours to make. Sometimes we’re faced with seemingly mundane choices to make, like what to eat, what to wear, where to go, etc. At some other times, we’re faced with real critical choices to make. The first most critical choice for me is choosing the God to serve.
Joshua talking to the people of Israel shines a bright beam on the options available:
“This day I call the heavens and the 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. And that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” (Deut. 30:19-20, NIV; emphasis are mine)
Jesus also made it clear in John 14:6 that He is the only way to the Lord our Father and Creator – “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (NKJV)
Some other critical choices we may be faced with include:
– Whom to marry
– Where to live
– Where to work
– Where to school
– The career path to follow
– What to invest in
We are faced with options to choose from in these areas and more. When you are in doubt of the option to choose, be sure to ask questions. As we make these choices, the key things to note include:
– We have the prerogative to choose whatever option that pleases us most from a list of available options BUT we do not have the right to choose the consequence(s) of our choices.
– Choosing to do nothing is an option too, so is indecision.
– Most times, the consequences of our choices do not end with us, they impact our environment and affect the lives of those around us even to generations unborn. This is why mankind is still bearing the consequences of Adam & Eve’s choice in the garden – Choices are that impactful!
As you go about your daily business, no option should be chosen lightly. Give careful thought and consideration to all available options before making a decision no matter how mundane you feel the choice to be made is. This is because consequences are often far reaching.
Today, we are each been offered another list of options to choose from. Some of these choices will go as far as determining how the rest of our week, month, year and even the rest of our lives will be. Be sure to choose wisely. I’ll wrap up today’s e-Boost with this quote from Kofi Annan:
“To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there”
May God direct our hearts and help us to make the right choices.
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