“When he came to his senses, he said, … I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. Luke 15:17-18
In life we don’t really make our destiny. Rather we make decisions which then lead us in certain direction and take us to a certain destination. This then becomes our destiny.
That’s why we need to be careful with making decisions. You’re a product of your decisions. The decisions you made yesterday brought you to where you are today, whether whom to date, what to study or where to live. Your life is being decided and directed by your decisions.
The young man in the scripture above decided to leave home one day but he ended up in a wrong company. Life became miserable. He wasted all his resources. He was at his wit end with all doors closing in on him.
At that point many would call it quit. They would throw in the towel. They will surrender to the evil forces of life. Some will use their teeth to keep digging deeper into the pit of despair and hopelessness. Some will take to drugs and other harmful substances. Some others will become recluse, having nothing to with life again.
We use a good or another decision to counter a bad decision. Not to make any decision is the ultimate proof of failure in life. To just sit down and keep wallowing in the mud is not it. You’ve got to do something. You can’t remain in the mess. You’ve got to pick up yourself, dust your pants and get going again.
And if you find yourself unable to come up with any meaningful decision, then it’s time to reach out and talk to another person. It could be a doctor, counselor, a trusted friend, your partner or even your parents. Sometimes we can experience brain freeze; and that’s why God surrounds us with people.
Friend, there’s nothing happening to you right now that is totally new or strange. Others have been there before you and they got out. I see you coming out, but it will take another decision.
Reflection: What else can you do today to mitigate some bad decisions of the past? Think!