The load not taken — “choicequences” & inner peace

The load not taken can’t weigh you down. Choices create consequences. We’re free to pick the ones we want. Our wishes are weak, but our choices create our future. I made up a new word–choi/ce/quen/ces–the consequences of your choices.

The choices you make, make and shape you. If you trace your pain backwards, you discover that it’s often tied to your own choices. Choice + choice + choice . . . = your state of mind.

You’re future will mostly look like the choices you make each year. You can deny reality or you can face it, but you can’t outrun it. If you fact check your feelings, you’ll find that many of them don’t align with reality.

Choices can cover you with scars or inspire you like stars. How ya doin’ thus far? If we don’t choose to control our thoughts, mental chaos becomes our norm. The less we choose to control our desires, the more we become their slave. You don’t choose many of the thoughts that cross your mind, but you can choose which ones that you allow to stay there.

It’s hard to make and stick with positive choices. It’s easy to flow with negativity. Every thought you allow in your mind, for better or worse, is a mental health choice. Thoughts that bully their way into your brain, aren’t your choice, unless you allow them to stay there unresisted.

Every thought that enters your mind presents you with a choice. Do you accept it or reject it? When haughtiness is chosen instead of humility, naughtiness soon follows. Choose to de-escalate your anger and you’ll feel much better.

You can’t avoid choices. Ignoring or delaying a decision, is itself a choice.

To justify wrong behavior is to choose guilt. Choose to confess and be forgiven instead. Destructive things you’ve chosen aren’t frozen in place. You can repent (re-choose). Confession, repentance, and being forgiven, are much better than feeling guilty. You often can’t undo your past mistakes, but you can always choose to move beyond them.

We can’t change what is true, but we can choose to believe lies. Facts that you choose not to face are behind you, so you can’t see them. (But they’re still there.) By refusing to live beyond your comfort zone, you choose to let life be defined by feelings. You can’t choose your feelings, but you can choose your thoughts and behaviors. (They will shape your feelings.)

A habit or addiction is a choice that was repeated until it became automatic. When bad choices become habitual, they’re made automatically. Bad choices that you allow to remain as habit, can crush you. The pain of wrong choices teach the wise not to repeat them.

Following the living Jesus isn’t “once and done.” It’s a continual choice. It’s not easy to obey Jesus. I persistently have to fight my own thoughts and feelings, so I can do what He tells me.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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