Perhaps the greatest gift, besides the gift of life, is the gift of choices. Life in itself is defined by the choices we make and the rewards or the consequences that follow, that is, the decisions that we face daily shape the path we take in life, and like a chain reaction, affect the decisions we have to make in future. Choices are propelled by our depth of knowledge in respective subject area and our instinctive accuracy ‘” guts. In our daily living, some choices are largely driven by our tastes and preferences and have little or no effect in future decisions.
Making the right decisions depends on the fore ‘” knowledge of what is expected, understanding the rewards up ‘” front and the effort one is willing to put in his drive towards achieving the set objectives. For instance, a student who aspires to be a doctor, must understand the much effort one needs to put into his work, right from his early years, and be ready to withstand the challenges, disappointments and discourages that will be waiting on his path towards becoming a doctor, meanwhile, he will need to make adjustments and be flexible enough to accommodate the changes in his learning environment, as he maintains his vision on the set objective of becoming a doctor. As we have always heard, the success of a journey is not in the destination itself, but the journey.
The right decisions know no shortcuts. People have the tendency of taking shortcuts to the best things in life. The choice of making shortcuts usually come with its share of consequences, such as serving time behind bars, or even loss of life. Consider an individual who engages in identity theft, in an effort to obtain the best things in life, without regard to the victim. Such decisions eventually land one in trouble with the law, and even if he gets away, judgment lies ahead of him. In a different case, a student who chooses to drop out of school faces the consequence of missing out of opportunities education offers, such as good paying jobs, and living a dream. The choice to lead a lifestyle of drugs comes with compromised quality of life, susceptibility to diseases as well as early deaths. Short cuts are also known to provide easy way out of a situation, eventually missing out on big opportunities in life, such as choosing to cheat in an exam leading to being caught and disqualified. Short cuts are generally cheap, and as we know, are expensive.
The gift of choice is given to man by God, to empower man to determine his own destiny. This gift is exercised by our knowledge of right and wrong, and God was and still is gracious enough to educate Christians on the goodness of following Christ. The beauty associated with choosing Christ cannot be compared with anything else in this world. However, Christians are cautioned of the suffering associated with the choice of following Christ. This simply reflects that right decisions are not always pleasant, but the end result is more fulfilling. God assures us of the great plans He has for us, but that does not mean that we can sit down and do nothing. He has designed a path for us to walk on, and our duty is simply to make the choice of walking on that path. His assurance that He will be with us till the end, is enough to take the bold step and begin the walk.