But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24.15
An inevitable part of our growth and maturity is the responsibility of making choices and decisions. Young people are being faced with options of endeavours which require them to make a choice. Changing circumstances of life conditions and the progress from one stage of life to another, also present the challenge of decision making such as the choice of secondary or tertiary education options, job offers or career paths, choice of a life partner, choices of financial expenditure, choices of association among others.
And more importantly, there are some subtle and yet very critical choices that young people have to make or will be making sooner or later in life. These are the choices that shape character and influences families and generations alike. They include choice of a lifestyle and image, choice of the principles to live by, choice of people to look up to, choice of schools of thought or doctrines to submit to, the choice of attitude and mental patterns, personality or temperamental traits to uphold or reject, the choice to develop some habits and discard others etc. CHOICES DETERMINES OUR DESTINY—NOT CHANCES
Our lives at the end of time are directly determined by these little and major choices that we make today. Choices are most crucial because they have a way of leading us from one thing to another and to another until it ends up directing the entire course of our lives. CHOICES ARE NECESSARY FOR CHANGE—WE HAVE TO CHOOSE TO DECIDE
We always have the option to choose to begin, or to choose to continue or to choose to end. We shall always have that opportunity to choose among several other options, but there a complex consequences attached to each option.
Sad to say, that the myriad consequences associated with each choice happens to either frighten or inspire, deter or propel young people when it comes to decision making. We should be reminded that our failure to make a choice indirectly implies that we have chosen indecision. INDECISION LEADS TO STAGNATION.
CHOICES (DECISION-MAKING) are essentially inevitable in life, and we therefore ought to CHOOSE TO DECIDE, WHETHER OR NOT we will do some things in life. UNTIL WE CONSCIOUSLY DECIDE TO SUCCEED, WE HAVE UNCONSCIOUSLY DECIDED TO FAIL.
It therefore behoves every young man or woman to seek the face of God, to seek guidance and counselling from parents and mentors, to seek knowledge and information for purposes choosing ahead of time the kind of life we want to lead
We have to make choices as we grow in life as to the kind of life we want to lead
Just like Joshua charged the people “. . . choose now for yourself this day . . .” young people of today are also charged with the following:
Our choices make or mar us.
Where we are today is by or large, as a result of choices we made yesterday, and where we will be tomorrow shall be as a result of choices we will make today.