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Every day, sometimes every hour we have to make choices that concern our lives and well being.  A few months ago I watched as a group of children tried to make wise choices regarding their candy selections.  When I was a kid, we got a dime to go to the store for candy.  With that dime you could get a big candy bar, some bubble gum, and a hand full of penny candies.  These children were each given a dollar to spend.

They looked through all the choices, handled the candies, changed their selections several times ,and sometimes even sampled the candy.  They took more time with this decision than most politicians do when making decisions that effect our whole nation.

We should give some consideration to the choices we make, especially ones that might change the coarse of our lives forever.  Sometimes a simple decision can  effect our whole life.  What if a young man chooses to try drugs, just for the fun of it?  Who knows where that decision might lead?

What if a young girl thinks having a baby at 14 will solve all her problems?  Will that choice direct her life?  What if parents tell their children not to talk to strangers, but they do anyways; and they choose to talk to a sex offender?

As adults, we still continue to make choices.  What if you choose to stop going to church?  After all, those Christians are all hypocrites and I have better things to do with my Sundays.  Perhaps you choose to run a red light or try to beat a train….  I know a Christian young man who decided to drive through a stop sign on a busy highway; just for the thrill of it.  That choice cost him his life.

Choosing between peanuts butter or chocolate chip cookies will not change your life.  Choosing between Batman or Spiderman curtains for your room, will not change your life.  Choosing between paying for your new jeans or stealing them, might.  We need to think about the consequences of our choices BEFORE we make them.  Once we take action  on our decision , it’s too late to change our minds.

Jesus will always help us make the right choice if we ask Him.  He knows the plans He has for you.( Jeremiah 29:11-13)  Make godly choices; seek godly advice before making important choices.

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