From a thought in 10 Choices: A Proven Plan to Change Your Life Forever by James MacDonald, (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
That is so important for us to realize.
James says, “Someone argues: But I didn’t choose to have cancer or for my company to go bankrupt. I didn’t want my spouse to leave me or my child to rebel.”
And that may seem to be true to us but he goes on, “Well, first of all, there is probably more personal responsibility in each of those situations than any of us readily admits. Secondly, your choices may not have entirely determined those outcomes, but there are many people who are doing better than you are in a similar circumstance, and their improved outcomes from such terrible conditions are 100 percent related to how they have chosen to deal with them. It’s not what happens to us, but how we choose to respond makes the difference. There is just no escaping the power of personal choice.”
He says, “So why even try? Why not embrace the reality that your future, for good or bad, is tied up in the choices you make from here going forward? Does that sound too good to be true? If the answer is yes, it’s because you believe the lie that a good life is a lucky thing some people stumble into rather than a wonderful thing responsible people choose!’’
Deuteronomy 30 :19 in the Bible says, “I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life.”
James earlier said, “All of your hopes and dreams; all of your deepest heart longings; and all of the things about which you seldom speak but silently ponder and anguish— those things are right in front of you. The key is believing with all your heart that the choices are yours and then making the right choices that can alter the course of your life. You can do it. I believe with all my heart that you can and that you will.”
So how are you doing in making right choices?