Friday, November 30, 2007


I just read my "quote for the day" and appreciate its wisdom. The quote is by William Jennings Bryan:

"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved."

Some people believe that their future lies in being at the right place at the right time, meeting the right person at any one given moment, fate, luck, good fortune that happens by chance, and that somehow you were the benefactor of that "fateful" moment. All we have to do is sit back and wait for that moment to come our way, and all will be as it should be.

I agree with Mr. Bryan---that just doesn't happen! Our future lies in the foundation of our belief system and the choices we make because of what we believe. Positive thinking gets us nowhere unless our thinking is based on the right foundation!
I can positively think that I will not get hurt when I jump off a 20-foot building and believe it with all my heart, but the truth is that I will die no matter how positively I thought about the situation before I jumped. The law of gravity that God brought to pass will determine my future in my decision to jump!

My destiny depends upon acting on what I know, making the proper choices to achieve that goal and then taking the steps necessary to achieve the end result I desire. If we do nothing, we achieve nothing. We are not robots that depend upon someone else to do for us what God gave us the talents and abilities to do for ourselves. If we sat back and waited on chance to bring us our greatest desires, we would be sadly disappointed.

Our motivation for success in life needs to be based on the foundational truth of God's word. God's word is ACTIVE and alive and contains all that we need for a successful future. If we follow the instructions God gave us so clearly and learn a dependency on His promises and His character, the reality of success is much greater. Of course, we need to identify "success." Success in God's eyes and success in the world's eyes are quite often very different. Our destiny in the world's eyes may be focused on wealth, position, prestige in comparison to the individuals in your sphere of influence. Your focus is to become greater than your next-door neighbor, or your fellow employee. Our destiny in God's eyes is to be conformed to the image of His Son and become a changed individual in our character, in our actions toward others, and in our final destination, eternity with Him.

If you're waiting for the perfect man to come along to be your husband and expect all to be well for your perfect future, it probably will not happen. If you seek to find a man that follows God's pattern for his life and both of you together unite to follow God's instructions for marriage, the possibility will be greater that you will have a successful marriage that will last.
This same criteria can be applied to looking for a job or any other decision that you might need to make for your future. Don't depend on fate, or chance, or luck to make your life successful. Make that personal choice to follow God's foundational truths to assure that you will achieve success in God's eyes.

God knows the plans He has for you---"to give you hope and a future."


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