Make That, Break That: Day 2

Here is the devotional:

How do your decisions determine the path that you walk? How do your everyday choices determine your destiny? Doesn’t God dictate a person’s destiny? Doesn’t “fate” determine the outcome of a person’s life? Don’t the stars and planets align to write the script of an individual’s life? Don’t other people affect the things that we do? Don’t circumstances place limitations on one’s potential? Aren’t all people “victims” in some sense of that word?

It is true that other factors may play a role in the storyline of a person’s life, but decisions determine the final outcome of that story because decisions lead to actions. While emotion is the “fuel” that drives us to act, it is the decisions we make in response to our feelings that actually determine what we do. Then, our actions determine everything about our journeys and everything about our landings. Other things either contribute to a person’s success or hinder his march to greatness, but those “other things” never write the script.

The actions we take determine the paths we travel, and the actions we take determine the things we achieve and the places we go in life. The actions we take repeatedly, however, are the actions that will become our habits: the actions that will, for better or worse, control the courses of our lives and set us apart from others who pursue a similar destiny.

This is why Dr. Ben Carson, who grew up in extreme poverty, could become one of the world’s leading neurosurgeons and a formidable candidate for the presidency of the United States while other children in his Detroit neighborhood became trapped in a lifestyle of drugs and crime. The actions we take, particularly the actions we take repeatedly, will determine everything about who we become, what we accomplish, and what we do or fail to do with the talents God has given to us. Ben Carson developed some admirable habits as a young child and those habits took him in a positive direction with his life.

Consequently, we need to understand the awesome responsibility we have as human beings to make good choices and to take actions that will shape our lives in positive ways. After all, actions that are habitual become the ruts in the road that steer us in a particular direction even when we don’t know that they are there.

Here are the scriptures referenced:

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.

Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.
Psalm 37:23‭-‬24 KJV


There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.
Proverbs 19:21 KJV


For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:10 KJV


Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
Ephesians 1:9‭-‬10 KJV


Here are Stu’s thoughts:

Man those are some good hard questions, right????

So many people look to the horoscopes for guidance.

So many believe that our circumstances decide our future.

I guess if we wanted to we could all call ourselves a victim of something.

There are those who feel that because someone did this one thing, whatever it might be, to them at a particular moment caused their world to collapse and caused them to not achieve their goals in life.

Let me say I love the verse in proverbs mentions above. And just in case you overlooked it I will share it again….

There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.
Proverbs 19:21 KJV

This is so…so…very true!

We have a lot of things going around in our little big computer brain of ours at any given moment, which in turn can guide our heart to want certain things and do certain things. But the counsel of the Lord stands! That’s powerful!

To me that says that no matter what happens in life God’s Word stands.

It doesn’t matter if your spouse does things that aggravate the hell out of you or don’t please you in certain areas and you want someone else. God’s Word says do not commit adultery.

It doesn’t matter if you feel your fellow employees or even your boss underestimate your abilities. God’s Word says work as unto to the Lord not unto man.

We technically could complain about anything and almost 90 percent of the time there is scripture that gives us guidance to the contrary of our complaining.

But IF we can learn to focus on God’s Word as our pathway to walk on things may not always be the smoothest but they will work out for the best in the long run!

Habits, habits, habits…some are good and some are bad. But a habit regardless of its nature started by a purposeful decision to act on something. Whether it felt good, made you less stressful, less angry, helped you fall asleep, etc you chose to do it.

You made a willful choice/decision to act upon on it and now you are stuck with it. If it’s good your good. If it’s bad then you aren’t bad but it can lead to bad things happening in your life.

Give those bad ones up. Find a new thing to replace the old. Create a new mindset!

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