The state of your life is the total of the choices you have made up to this point. Choices are made, its my opinion, by the influences of three things: your will, the world view, or God’s will. No matter how big or small the choice is we will choose based on one of those influences.
Your will is where you choose what will make you happy or safe at the time. When you allow your will to be the guiding influence in your life, you have a tendency to make things worse. An example of doing your will is paying for cable (because you want to see the shows) instead of buying groceries for the family. This is an extreme example, but it definitely illustrates how letting your will rule your life leads to bad choices.
The World View
When you let the world view of things guide your choices, you do what is acceptable by the world. Your choice may not specifically be your will, but because others do it, you decide to do it also. An example of this is not being totally truthful on your taxes. You allow the fact that the world view is to do whatever you can “to get the government” to guide your choice.
By choosing God’s will, you are allowing yourself to make choices that are right and true based on love and doing unto others as you would others do to you. In the first example, you would buy groceries first and if there was money left, purchase cable. In the second example, you would make sure that you paid the taxes that you legitimately owed.
While I made the examples extreme, I wanted to illustrate the effect of your choices. Most choices are smaller than those I used, but are as important in your life and the lives of those around you. When your child (friend, co-worker, etc.) wants you to do something with (or for) them, which one influences you? When you are faced with a verbal altercation, which option influences you the most?
I believe that when we allow God’s will to be the guiding influence in our lives, we will be blessed. We will not be perfect; we will still have to go through trials and tribulations, but we will have a peace and happiness that allows us to deal with whatever life throws at us.
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