Little Choices Matter

Weeks before his 8th birthday, the boy begged his mother for a bicycle–a red one, in fact.  But on the morning of his big day, his mother handed him a strangely wrapped present.  He knew by the shape and size it was definitely not the longed-for bicycle.  Inside the package was a guitar.  Crushed with disappointment, the birthday boy’s eyes filled with tears.  The child’s name?  Elvis Presley. And as Paul Harvey would say, “Now you know the rest of the story.”  One small choice changed the direction of his life and that of his mother’s.  Little choices matter.

A current topic on TV news is the Trayvon Martin case.   Forget politics for the moment.  A small, apparently insignificant  choice started a firestorm that destroyed the lives of the victim’s family and the family of Mr. Zimmerman.  No one connected to the event will ever be the same again.  Little choices matter.

Recently Richard and I were talking about the seemingly insignificant choices we’ve made over the years and the way those decision have impacted our lives, our daughters’ lives, our grandsons’ lives–the list goes on.  Choosing to take a teaching position at Milo Academy instead of at a Michigan academy; leaving Milo for Portland; rejecting the offer to recruit for a leading university because of Sabbath responsibilities; writing my first short story for Junior Guide–the list goes on.  All these choices are now a part of our family’s history.

They say one out of every six choices a human makes is wrong.  Sometimes I think my average is more like one out of every four. :-)  Recently I chose to buy a pair of brown Sketchers instead of black–bad choice since I don’t wear brown very often.  (Maybe I’l have to change that.)

I’ve learned (sometimes the hard way!) when I ask God to direct in my life, I can better my odds for success.  My Savior is faithful to keep His word.  I can trust His promises.  But I must ask.  I must admit sometimes God leads me to places I’d rather not go;  He urges me to pop out of my little bubble of comfort to share His love with another.  And sometimes things go badly, just because.  That comes from living in a world of sin.  But when this happens He can turn my bad choices into blessings if I allow Him to.

The Wisest man gave a formula for success.  In Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV he wrote, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not to thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”  A great promise to claim in both the little and big choices in my life.  Yours too.

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3 Responses to Little Choices Matter

  1. Eileen says:

    Hi!
    Love your writing & wisdom- TY
    Is it possible to sign up to receive your messages
    God Bless you
    Eileen
    :D

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