“An evil man is held captive by his own sins; they are ropes that catch and hold him. He will die for lack of self-control; he will be lost because of his great foolishness.”
“Decisions”—They define each of us. One choice. One decision can have lasting impacts on our life.
Life is about choices, and one bad decision can affect your livelihood for a long time. Recently I heard the story about a young high school athlete. He said, “I vividly remember a poor decision I made that’s had a significant impact on my life. My friends and I thought it would be cool to throw eggs at cars that were driving, speeding down the highway. After hitting several cars that night, we thought it would be fun to throw one last round at the next series of cars that passed through.
When we released the last egg, it splattered right on the windshield of a police car. My heart stopped immediately because I knew my friends and I were headed to jail that night until our parents could pick us up. We were all minors. The policeman stepped out of his car and told us that several people called about this occurrence throughout the night.
That one act, choice and decision cost me my D1 power five football scholarship. Today, I am still living the consequences of that fateful night and the choices I made. What could have been I’ll never know. Yes, God has forgiven me. Yes, God has removed my sin from me; however, I have realized that God doesn’t remove the consequences to our choices. I followed the advice of the crowd and not the advice of God’s word (The Bible). Indeed, I have learned that poor choices, sin and disobedience are like ropes that catch and hold us. They ensnare us and trap us. Our life is the sum of our choices.”
Friend, I’m not sure what consequence you’re having to live with today. I’m not sure what poor choice or decision you’ve made in the past that you’re still having to endure. However, I know a God who stands ready to forgive you and restore you. Sure, the pain of discipline is always less than the pain of regret. However, I encourage you to trust the One who created you. Run towards Him, not away from Him. He loves you and has a plan for your life. Trust Him! He is an ever present help in time of need.
Be Worth Being,
Kevin Burrell has worked in professional baseball as both a player and MLB scout for the past 39 years, and currently serves as an area scouting supervisor. Kevin was drafted in the 1st round of the 1981 free agent amateur draft (25th selection overall), and played ten years of professional baseball with four different organizations. He and his wife, Valerie, live in Sharpsburg, Ga.
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