A few nights ago my daughter and I watched a movie, and something one of the characters said caught my attention. I think it can apply to more than just the obvious situation, don’t you? The main character’s best friend said:
“Don’t choose the better guy, choose the guy that’s gonna make you the better girl.” —Trish in This Means War
So who do you want to be? What do you want to be? Are your current life choices keeping you from being the person you really are deep down inside? Are current relationships with people and organizations helping you grow or keeping you stunted?
“The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.” —C.S. Lewis, author
I’m not talking about being a snob. I’m talking about the people you include in your inner ring, your most intimate of friends from whom you seek advice and with whom there is mutual benefit and not just a one-sided relationship.
“Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.” —Proverbs 27:17
I’m also not talking about micromanaging our lives, and I know sometimes making the best choice isn’t always easy. After all, we’re human, and we make mistakes… sometimes, big ones. We cannot allow fear to keep us from making decisions either, because as Harvey Cox, an American theologian once said, “Not to decide is to decide.”
Don’t allow apathy to make the decision for you. Choose between what will keep you where you are or what will help you reach your goals.
Don’t just sit there. God cannot steer a car that isn’t moving.
“Are circumstances driving you, or are you controlling your circumstances?” —K. Scott Bonovich, author
It’s okay to say no.
Don’t kill yourself trying to fit into someone else’s mold. Do you want to be like them, or do you want to be you and who you believe God created you to be?
I recently made the decision to become a firefighter, and I am pursuing an education to become an EMT. I have been surprised by those who have been supportive from the beginning and those who are still not supportive to this day. One of my family members remarked that it seemed like the fire department had chosen me instead of my choosing the fire department. I assured her that it was my choice, and I worked hard studying the apparatus and equipment so that I could earn my shield and begin riding to assist and gain practical experience. Like anyone who has ever experienced great success, sometimes I had to decide between playing and working. I am grateful for those who also chose to work by taking the time to teach me. We played afterward.
“What are you prepared to do?” —Jimmy Malone in The Untouchables
How badly do you want it? What will it take to get it? Who do you want to be? It starts with a vision and then one decision after another.
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” —Socrates, a character in Way of the Peaceful Warrior
Happy New Year!!
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