Life is all about choice, one cannot deny the fact about that. The choice of yesterday is responsible for what is happening today and today’s choice will be instrumental to what your life is going to be tomorrow. One thing you have control over is your choice, take advantage of it. If you have made wrong choices in the past, now you have another opportunity to make the good choices because everyday opens up a new opportunity for a fresh life.
Recently, I stumbled on one of the stories that happened in Charles Finney’s ministry and I think it will help deliver our point.
Charles Finney, lawyer and evangelist, was speaking in a New York church in the 1830s. At the end of each evening, he gave people the opportunity to come to the front of the room and commit their life to Jesus. A great number of lawyers came to hear him. One night, the Chief Justice of New York was sitting way up in the gallery. As he listened to Finney proclaiming the gospel he became convinced it was true.
Then this question came into his mind: ‘Will you go forward like the other ordinary people?’ Something within him made him think that it would be inappropriate to do so, because of his prestigious social position (at the top of the legal hierarchy of New York State). He sat there pondering the choice he had to make. Then he thought, ‘Why not? I am convinced of the truth… why should I not do it like any other person?’
He got up from his seat in the gallery, went down the staircase and came up the stairs at the back to where Finney was preaching. Finney, in the middle of his sermon, felt someone tugging at his jacket. He turned around. The Chief Justice said, ‘Mr Finney, if you will call people forward I will come.’ Finney stopped his talk and said, ‘The Chief Justice says that if I call people forward he will come. I ask you to come forward now.’
The Chief Justice went forward. Almost every lawyer in Rochester, New York, followed him! It is said that 100,000 people were converted in the next twelve months in that area. One person’s choice affected the lives of numerous others.
Life is full of choices. We make choices every day of our lives. You can make bad choices or you can make good choices. Your choices matter. Some choices have life-changing consequences.
Now that you have another opportunity today, what choice will you be making for tomorrow bearing in mind that every choice has it’s consequences. Your life is not outrightly standing alone, your decision has influence on them.
I have given you fourteen days to think of what your choice is going to be in changing your life and also be part of the change agents that will be of tremendous impacts in the lives of teenagers and youths. Don’t forget our soul aim is to salvage their destinies for productivity.
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Kindly make the choice in sharing with others.
© Temitope Topaz Arowele
Convener, Ignite Young Pioneers Network