Your Choices, Your Character, and Your Destiny

Your choices determine your character, who you are. Your character determines your destiny. This blog is the fourth in a series I’m calling “Five Truths That Can Change Your Life”; the title of a chapter in my new book , Heaven’s Currency, Investing In The Things That Matter Most. http://www.cosdavis.com/heavens-currency-investing-in-the-things-that-matter-most.

Choices are important. Of courses some choices are more important than others. The choices to marry, and who to marry, are infinitely more life changing than what to have for lunch.  To me, the most life-altering choice I have is what I’m going to do about Jesus Christ and his claim to be Lord. While there are other choices such as marriage, education, career path, etc. that greatly affect our life, none is so important than that of who or what will be God (god). 

Now, I want to discuss a few ideas about how important it is to use our choices wisely. I begin with choices related to time.

What do 168 and 8736 have in common? 168 is the number of hours we have in one week. From that, you have probably concluded the 8736 has something to do with hours also. It is the hours we are given in one year.

On average an American male lives 76 years, while women outlive us by 5 years. Like me, some of you are “living on borrowed time.” One thing I am aware of is that I am running out of time. While I don’t have a choice about how much time I have left, I do have a choice about what I will do with my time. I also have a   choice about how I will prepare myself for the life ahead that has no time limit. What about you?

 The choices I make determine my character, which in turn determines my future. This brings me back to 168 and 8736, and more importantly to 24, the hours I’m given today. This may be the only time I have left. I must make good choices about how I will invest my life because those choices will determine my character.

The importance of character doesn’t get much coverage in social media, tv, or the news nowadays. It is quite evident to me that popularity, wealth, and personal appearance have the top ratings for many people. Could it be that many of the issues we confront daily are related to the fact that we have bought into the shallow values that are being sold in the marketplace of this world? Remember Paul’s caution to us in Romans 12:1 ? “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

Choices reveal who we are. Someone has said  you can get a pretty accurate idea about a person’s character by examining their calendar and their checkbook; how they spend their time and money. The way we use time and money indicates what is most important to us. Your behaviors related to these two resources give a vital clue about your most deeply-held values. Your character, your religion, is not what you profess to believe but how you live. The choices you make concerning your resources are the real test of who you are, not who you think or say you are. Day after day, you make choices which, little by little, make you more like Jesus or put you further and further away from being the person you were created to be.

Your incredible power of choice is exercised in many ways every day by how you treat God, yourself, family members, and others. Your character is always in the process of developing or devolving, and it is critical that you understand and cooperate with God’s plan and make wise choices in the way you invest your life. Who are you going to be in ten years if you continue to make the kinds of choices you are making now?  

Jesus tells us to keep things in our brief life in perspective. Our time is limited and we need to be sure we have invested our time, money, and other resources in those things that have eternal value. “Do not lay up for yourself treasures on earth where moth and rust can ruin them and thieves can steal them. But lay up for yourself treasures in heaven.” (Matthew 6:19-20).

God has given you today. How will you invest it?

“He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep for what he cannot lose.”  Jim Elliot 

If you want to read a book that will challenge you to get serious about your choices, I encourage you to read my book.

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4 thoughts on “Your Choices, Your Character, and Your Destiny

  1. You have made a big impact on our lives. Your book is excellent. You speak the truth with so much love and caring. We are forever grateful.

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