With my grandchildren growing up I often think about the word “Choices”. My thoughts go to the choices I’ve made throughout my life. Some good, some not so good. I think about how a choice can change your entire life.
The friends you choose are a big influence on your life. Make sure they have the same morals as you do. Don’t let peer pressure change you! Find friends who enjoy the same things that you do.
Choose what you love. Stick with it. Finish what you start.
Follow the 10 Commandments to the best you can. If I had chosen to steal, I could have ended up in jail. If you covet what your neighbor has you will be miserable. If I had chosen to commit adultery I probably would no longer be married. Today one of the choices young people have is whether or not to try illegal drugs, cigarettes and alcohol. If you choose to do these things you choose to harm your body. I think about my father. He made the choice to start smoking around 13 years of age. He died at 62. I wonder if he would still be with us if he had not made that choice. I’m sure he would have lived much longer if he had chosen not to smoke. My cousin choice to drink and smoke. She died at 66.
The Ten Commandments
- I am the Lord, your God.
- Thou shall bring no false idols before me.
- Do not take the name of the Lord in vain.
- Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.
- Honor thy father and thy mother.
- Thou shall not kill/murder†.
- Thou shall not commit adultery.
- Thou shall not steal††.
- Thou shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
- Thou shall not covet‡ your neighbor’s wife (or anything that belongs to your neighbor).
It never entered my mind to quit high school at 16, or to not study or try my best. I chose to go to college and be a teacher. I wonder where I would be if I had not tried to do my best in high school. Or if I had chosen not go to college? Or if I had gone to a different college. How different my life would have been.
A career choice can be a difficult decision. Choose what you love. Not what someone else wants you to do. Looking back I wish I had chosen a teaching career in Home Economics( now called Family Science). I made the choice to teach Elementary Education because it took fewer hours and I could graduate sooner.
Dating and Marriage
Wow, this one is BIG. Make sure you choose someone who has similar interests and morals. Don’t settle on anything less. Make sure you are friends as well as lovers. Since the divorce rate is so high I’m sure many people regret the choices they’ve made on this one.
The most important choice you can make is to follow Christ. I remember being at a revival when I was a kid. The preacher spoke about taking the path less crowded instead of the one most people were on. He spoke of not following the crowd down the wrong path, but traveling the straight and narrow path. Making the choice to follow Christ and his word will make your life more pleasant with less strife.