Here we are again. It’s New Year’s Eve. All of us want a Happy New Year. But sometimes ‘Happy New Year’s’ turn into ‘Not So Happy New Year’s’ by decisions we’ve made in the past.
Author Mike Murdock notes that “decisions create events.” Sometimes making a present desired decision creates an undesired future. Let me share with you a great illustration of this.
A farmer went to buy a pickup truck that he saw advertised in the paper for a certain price. After telling the salesmen which truck he wanted, they sat down to do the paperwork. The salesman handed the farmer the bill, and the farmer declared, “This isn’t the price I saw!”
The salesman went to tell the wise old farmer how he was getting extras such as power brakes, power windows, special tires, and the like, and that was what brought the price up. The farmer needed the truck badly so he paid the price and went home.
A few months later, the salesman called up the farmer and said, “My son is in the 4-H club and he needs a cow for a project. Do you have any for sale?” The farmer said, “Yes, I have a few cows that I would sell for $500 each. Come, look at them and take your pick.”
After spending a few hours in the field checking out the cows, they decided on a cow and the salesman proceeded to write out a check for $500. The farmer said, “Now, wait a minute, that’s not the final price of the cow. You’re getting extras with it and have to pay for those too!” “What extras?” asked the salesman? The list below is what the farmer gave to the salesman for the final price of the cow.
Basic Cow….$500. Two-tone exterior….$45. Extra stomach….$75. Product storing equipment….$60. Straw compartment….$120. Four spigots @$10 each….$40. Leather upholstery….$125. Dual horns….$45. Automatic fly swatter….$38. Fertilizer attachment….$185. All of the extras totaled….$1,233. Hello? That’s future shock from a present decision.
You see, in a way, people and things respond to what we have done in the past. If you eat two slices of chocolate cake every night, what is the inevitable eventuality? If you use and abuse people over a long period of time, what is the inevitable eventuality? Almost everything you are presently doing will either benefit your present or your future. Present decisions do create future events. Ask that car salesman.
You and I will make many decisions this coming year. Author Mike Murdock goes on to say in his article, “Remember, as you make decisions today, that some of them will bring pleasure today. But tomorrow you will be miserable over those decisions. Some decisions may make you a little uncomfortable for today. But, tomorrow, you will be thrilled with the decision. Jesus could have called ten thousand angels to deliver Him from the crucifixion. He was capable of coming down off of the cross. But, He made the decision in the garden of Gethsemane that created an incredible future. He was willing to go through a season of pain to create an eternity of gain.”
Be especially wise in handling others. Don’t create an event that causes you to relive that event over and over again for the rest of your life. Remember when it comes to forgiveness, whoever or whatever you don’t forgive, you will have to relive. Yes, decisions do create events. Even if we made bad choices in the past, there is a solution. Ask for and give forgiveness, leave it with God, and start making life-giving future minded decisions today. Grace recognizes consequences but refuses abandonment. God loves “Re-do’s and Make Over’s!” Learn from the past so you can live in the present so you can lead in the future.
This coming year can be the best ever, even in uncertain times, if we reprogram our thinking to making decisions that benefit our future! We can stop taking negative journeys into yesterday, over and over again, by making wise, future minded decisions today. What is uncomfortable today creates a more comfortable tomorrow. Make decisions that create the future you desire.
In other words, tomorrow’s ‘Happy New Year’ starts today!
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