You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last.(John 15:16)
The two best choices I have ever made revolve around love. I chose to accept Jesus as my Savior over eight years ago and God put my wife in my life and we married almost seven years ago. God put her in my life after making the first choice.
I haven’t always made good choices though. Prior to becoming a Christ follower I had spent 35 years mostly making bad choices. Last week, I happen to be listening to a George Jones song and realized he was singing about my life as much as he was singing about his own. George is now a “born again Christian” as I am. But he made some really bad choices along the way. It inspired him to sing a song about choices, called Choices.
Like George, I had learned at an early age that I liked drinking. I made the choice to do it, but at the same time it could be considered a generational curse. My maternal grandfather was an alcoholic. He was so bad that he would drink alcohol in his coffee. He drifted for several years during the depression. My grandmother never stopped praying, and finally years later my grandfather received a vision from God, and he quit; cold turkey so to speak, meaning he had no human help, but only the divine intervention that helped him be healed.
I went down the same path, but not quite as bad. I drank, I would get drunk, and I would party and have what I thought was fun. Sometimes I was a friendly drunk, sometimes I would get a mean streak and not be so friendly. Along the way I know that I hurt people; sometimes strangers, sometimes friends, and sometimes family. I knew it was wrong, but the world just kept telling me that it was okay. Just do what makes you happy seems to be the theme that we Americans seem to follow.
But God had a plan. He knew that someday He would reach me and I would listen. A couple of weeks before I saw the movie “The Passion of the Christ”, I went to Chicago to an annual “Chicago Bears Fan Club Convention”. One of my cousins was supposed to go, but backed out at the last minute, so I went alone. Needless to say, I ended up at the bar in the Chicago Hilton in downtown. I drank, and got drunk. This time was different though, I got really sick. Even the next day, I felt different, and it was a long 300 plus miles to drive back home with a hangover.
Just a couple weeks later I saw the movie and accepted Christ as my Savior. Through all of my bad choices, I finally made the right choice. My life changed forever. I became a true Christ follower, got married, and I am now the dad of six children and married to the wife God destined for me. No matter how many bad choices you have made in your life, God still loves you and has a plan for you. Trust me, I know. He’s still revealing to me all the plans that He still has for me.
Lord, I pray for those that are still stuck in making bad choices. I pray that they will listen to the Holy Spirit and receive the free gift you provided through Jesus. In Jesus name, Amen.