We have choices to make every day. And if the truth be told, we would love to make all good choices. However, we will make some good and some bad choices this very day. The issue is that when we have a choice to make, we don’t see all of the consequences. How can we see all of the ramifications of every choice when we are limited by time and by our experience? We can only visualize certain outcomes that are within our experience or imagination. The most impactful part about this scenario is that some choices carry huge outcomes for us, for our destiny and for others.
So it’s very important that we look back at the track record of our choices, and make changes going forward so that we can make better ones. If we want to get to the end of our life without regret, we need to steer a strong course and not let every wind or current have their way with us.
Here’s an example from the lives of my pastors regarding a choice that was intimidating to make but had powerful consequences. 16 years ago, my pastors took over our church as the Senior Pastors. They had been living in Massachusetts but our church is in Maine. Just before the transition, they had purchased their dream home in Massachusetts and were now commuting up to Maine to lead our church. This commute was difficult but doable. Then came the season that our church was faced with the need to expand. There weren’t many options on the real estate market for the type of building that we needed and we had a time crunch due to our lease ending at our current building. In prayer one day, my pastor, Pastor Denise, clearly heard the Lord tell her that if she would sell her house in Massachusetts and move closer to the church, He would provide land and finances for the church to build a building rather than purchase an existing structure. Pastor Denise told Pastor Ron what the Lord had spoken and they put their house on the market right away. Within one week of putting their house on the market, the land that our church is built on came on the market. It’s a beautiful plot of land on the top of a lovely hill with a pastoral view of farms below.
But the story gets better.