A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished. Proverbs 22:3
Our life's journey is all about choices. Who you are, and where you are today, is the result of a series of choices that you made over time. Your job was a choice, your spouse was a choice, your children were a choice, your salvation was a choice, and the list goes on. Depending on the circumstances, you are either satisfied or unsatisfied with the consequences and results of the choices that you have made. This is not to shame you or make you feel guilty in any way, but to encourage you to take control over your life.
Now, I understand that there are things that happen in life that are beyond our control. But yet, we still have a choice in how we respond to those events. We choose how to respond when someone hurts us, when seasons change, when assignments end abruptly, when faced with a conflict, etc. While we may not always be in control, we always have a choice.
Over the last week, were there choices that you made that produced less than desirable results? Or perhaps a choice that you made pushed your farther away from your goals and destiny instead of closer? I know that I can name a few of my own. I could say that it was nothing major, but the thing is, if I make some of those choices enough times, the results could very well turn into something major, and even harder to deal with down the road. We must be intentional about the decisions that we make on a day-to-day basis, and think about the bigger picture, instead of minimizing the moment.
Now that you have thought about the choices that you made (no condemnation), think about the state that you were in when you made them. What do I mean? For instance, if you chose not to work out, or you chose to eat the cheat meal, or you chose to respond to that text, or you chose to talk bad about that person, what emotional state were you in? The point that I am making, is that our mental conditions have an impact on our decision making skills. When our hearts and minds are aligned with God and our identity in Christ, we tend to make better decisions. Conversely, when our hearts and minds are aligned with our flesh, or with the lies of the enemy, we make poor decisions.
So how do we make better decisions as we go throughout this week? We use what I like to call the HALT method. Do not make any major decisions this week when you are Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired. All of these conditions are by-products of your flesh, and not of the spirit. Instead, it would be wise of you to take a step back, get out of your feelings, and then proceed with your choice.
I know you may be tired, but you have procrastinated long enough, and you said you would do it tomorrow, yesterday. You know when you're hungry almost anything will temporarily satisfy your appetite, or you'll overindulge, and that is not always a good thing. You know when you are angry or upset that you are more likely to say things that you don't mean or that you will later regret. You know that "hey stranger" text is looking real good at the moment because everyone else seems to be getting engaged, married, cuffed, and whatever else. Do not let your flesh and feelings get the best of you this week. Make the decision to HALT, and then make the decision that your future self will thank you for!
Make it a great week!
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