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The Choices We’ve Made

All you are now is an aggregate of the choices you have made in the past.

Nigeria is a very diabolical society. Evil is alive and exists very well.

It is not uncommon to find people praying and commanding their enemies to fall down and die. 

Which makes sense sometimes, to be honest.

But the challenge with a fixation on enemies is that when you find yourself in a difficult experience, especially when it is prolonged, you are very likely to think it is wicked forces that are “doing” you. 

However, it is not always so. 

You see, that mindset that your enemies are always responsible for all your misfortune is one that absolves you of any responsibility, and of course, deprives you of the opportunity to learn.

One quote I’ve been pondering on over the last few days is this one by Wayne Dyer that says, “Our lives are a sum total of the choices we have made.”

That means that all I am experiencing now is a product of choices I have made in the past.

When I recognize that my choices of yesterday are responsible for the events of today, I can learn from them and make better choices tomorrow.

But when I decide that my enemies are responsible for the events of today, then there’s no lesson to learn.

I hope you see the danger in this way of thinking? If I can’t recognize my poor choices, then I am powerless to stop making them. Even worse, I can’t recognize my smart choices and replicate them.

This might be a good point for you to reflect on your life as it is now, and ask yourself, “What choices did I make that led me up to this point?”

Pay attention to your answers, and learn from them. 

The point of all of this is not to say that evil doesn’t exist. It does. 

My point is that we must be wise enough to discern when we are being manipulated by evil, or when we have simply made the wrong choices.

Maybe I’ll end by saying this – if you must pray any prayer, ask God for two things: mercy to help redeem the choices of the past, and wisdom to make better choices in the future.

I hope this has helped you. 

Live Well,

‘Tola

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