It was sometime between 2:00pm and 3:00pm on Saturday, July 8, 1995. The weather was definitely over 100 degrees outside on that hot, southern afternoon as a couple hundred people gathered in the North Hodge Assembly of God church to hear PR31 and me say to each other, “I do”… and to eat the free snacks at the reception.

The message by Angela’s dad (who happened to be one of the ministers officiating the ceremony) mentioned something about “entering into this marriage of our own free will.” And we did. No one twisted our arms.

That day, we made a choice which limited our options for companionship “till death do us part.” I  am personally glad I made that choice and restricted my future options. It was a good choice.

Mind Officially Blown

We were watching “Bringing Up Bates” when Papa Bill made the following profound statement which is illustrated in the account above…

“Every decision you make today determines the decisions that are available to you tomorrow.”

Kind of makes your decisions have a little more weight, huh? Simply by making a choice today, you affect your ability to choose in the future.

If we make good, godly decisions today, the options available to us tomorrow should be good ones which will keep us in the will and plan of God.  If on the other hand, we make less than wise decisions today, we may be cutting ourselves out of some great opportunities for the future.

Kind of makes me want to stop and think twice before deciding today. And what about you? What kind of decisions are you making? As you make them, I encourage you to carefully consider what you may or may not be able to do tomorrow as a result.

And perhaps I could encourage you to bring God into the conversation. He wants the best for you. In fact, His Word says in the letter from James that if anyone lacks wisdom, they should ask God who gives it generously.

Let’s start with tomorrow… You might deciding tonight whether you will get up and go to church tomorrow. That decision will impact your future. Why not start your week off with God and let that decision help set you up for a terrific week? If you’re unable to go because of sickness or work or some other legitimate reason, try listening to a church podcast or watching a service on TV.

Next week is going to be a great week! Let’s get ready for it with some good decisions.


Author: Allen Chapin

- Christian, husband, dad, friend, leader, author and speaker - Life Purpose = Love & Encourage, Offering Grace & Hope - Life Motto = Living for the applause of nail-scarred hands - Life Verse = Matthew 25:21

2 thoughts on “Options”

  1. Another greatly encouraging and on time read Allen! I am about to undertake the Daniel fast starting Monday and this all revolves around decision making…. God first decision making…. thanks again for your time spent in prayer and putting fingers to keyboard…

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