Life At Its Best: Even smallest decisions impact our lives
I recently visited a website called deathclock.com. On it, you type in information about yourself, and it estimates when you'll die.
I know God ultimately determines that, but my curiosity got the best of me, and I wanted to give it a try. So, I entered my birthday, weight, daily attitude and habits.
At first, I typed in the worst possible scenarios. The results were terrible. They said: "I'm sorry, but you've already expired."
I didn't like seeing those words, so I then typed in my real information. Thankfully, my real results were much better.
Though they came from a silly website, those results made me think. They challenged me to realize that even the smallest decisions impact our lives in major ways. And it's those choices - not chance - that determine our level of blessing.
We don't have to be perfect to be blessed. If we did, we'd all be in trouble. But despite our past mistakes, we can seek blessing by starting right where we are. As we align our choices with God's Word, we'll experience increased favor on our lives.
This truth played out plainly in the life of Rahab. She went from a lowly prostitute to one of the greatest examples of faith in the Bible by making right choices. In Joshua 2, we see how she did it.
First, she saw her life clearly. The passage says that two spies went to scout out the Promised Land. When they got there, they needed somewhere to stay. So, Rahab opened up her home. Think about that for a minute. She opened up her home to men who were planning to take over her city.
Rahab could've easily turned those men away because she was ashamed of the lifestyle she was living or afraid of what could happen. But instead of focusing on her past or present worries, she focused on God's plan for the future.
That's how we're all to respond to God's message. He's not concerned with our past, he wants use us right where we are. When we choose to see our life for what he wants to make it, our lives will become a testimony.
After choosing to see her life from God's perspective, Rahab also set her heart bravely to complete the assignment he'd given her. When the spies left her house, the guards came searching for them. They commanded Rahab to give up their location, but she stayed faithful to her promise.
It's important to notice that shortly after Rahab chose to obey God, her decision was tested. The same will often be true for us. When we decide to follow God's plan, the enemy will come at us even stronger. Like Rahab, we must determine that we'll keep moving forward, regardless of what comes our way.
What choices are keeping you from God's best? I encourage you to follow Rahab's example. View your life clearly from God's perspective - focusing on his plan for the future over your past mistakes or present concerns. Then, decide that you'll pursue that plan no matter what. Begin walking in his blessing today.
Jim Graff is the senior pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria. faithfamilyvictoria.com.