I can cite a few examples of a by-product of a bad decisions made in life.
Every decision you make is crucial, believe it or not. It can be a minor thing but if you will think about it, even small decisions in life, add up to the big picture.
For example, you chose to sleep instead of waking up early to exercise to slim down and at the end of the day, you get intoxicated with more pressing things leaving no more time to exercise. If this becomes a regular thing, then watch yourself grow bigger instead of shrinking to your desired physical level (Translation: a trim waistline or no more double chin).
Another example is you keep spending on things by credit. Yup, you use your credit cards and say to yourself, you don’t have cash on hand to buy the things that you want or even the things you need. Keep doing that and it will be harder to clean your credit card bill of outstanding balances.
The examples cited above are borne out of my own personal experience.
And I’m now reaping the consequences.
By putting off this exercise thing, I have grown over time to be what I am now physically, that is, overweight.
By spending for things in advance even if I don’t have available cash yet, my credit card debts have ballooned over time, and now, I find myself drastically trying to pay it off gradually over time. Just seeing the finance charges every month gives me unwanted stress.
I’ve had my share of ruined relationships and I believe that I’m partly, if not wholly, to blame for it.
I have also seen some marriages going downhill and altogether getting warped, that is, B-R-O-K-E-N.
Sad because it’s all about bad decisions made in life.
I believe that at one point in our lives, we all have had our share of bad decisions made in life. Why is this so?
I think it is because of our sinful nature. The Bible says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23)
And from this sinful nature lies a heart that is wicked. Do you know what the Bible says about man’s heart?
For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. (Matthew 15:19)
Over time, I have learned from my studying of the Word of God and from my fellowship with the church that apart from Christ, we are nothing. Left alone to fend for ourselves in this broken world, we are like headless chicken, not knowing where to go if God will not be there before us to lead the way for us.
Many times we go about our own business and daily lives without even “inquiring” of the Lord. Yes, you heard it right. In all our ways, we should acknowledge Him. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways, acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6).
There are many instances in the Bible esp in the Old Testament when the Israelites proceeded in going about their way without even inquiring of God and you can be sure, all undertakings by them resulted in failure or defeat. Why is this consistent? Because God does not want the Israelites to live as if He does not exists. God desires that we honor Him first before He releases His blessings to us.
In the same way, when we do not commit our plans to the Lord, most often than not, you can be sure that God will not bless our plans.
For those who have made bad decisions only to regret it later in life, just charge it to experience and move on. The past cannot be undone, and you just have to live with the present but the future can still be saved when you have already gained the right perspective, that is, in a biblical way.
And how, you might ask, can we inquire of the Lord? Read the Bible as it is a good source of wisdom for at the heart of wisdom contained in this book is God. Start with the Book of Proverbs. It contains a collection of proverbs that can give you directions in life as it deals with the common affairs of man from money, sex, family, marriage, business, raising up a child, etc. Do you want to build a godly character? Try reading one chapter a day of Proverbs all throughout the year. The Book of Proverbs contains 31 chapters so it covers all the calendar days.
Therefore, let us honor God with our heart, in everything we do. And a good start is by reading the Bible. That way, we can avoid making bad decisions in life when we use the Bible as our guide.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
He will surely bless us whenever we put Him first in our life.