Do I have a Choice?


 

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image courtesy of Patrick Jacks

Really, I am serious when I ask, “Do I have a choice?

 

Recently, a number of sports news sources reported Alabama Football Coach Nick Saban’s thoughts on choices. I have a report from Yellow-Hammer News in front of me.  According to these sources the Crimson Tide Football coach was commenting on the importance of choices and young players.

“They all think they have this illusion of choice. Like ‘I can do what ever I want to do’. And you kind of have a younger generation now that doesn’t . . . get told no, they don’t always get told this is exactly how you need to do it. So they have this illusion that they have all these choices.”

Success comes at a cost.

Saban continues, “But the fact of the mater is, is if you want to be good, you really don’t have a lot of choices, because it takes what it takes. You have to do what you have to do to be successful. So you have to make choices and decisions to have the discipline and focus to the process of what you need to do to accomplish your goals.”

“All these guys that think they have a lot of choices are really sadly mistaken. And I think, . . . they learn these lessons of life as they get older, and sometimes the best way to learn them is from the mistakes that you make.” (Read the full interview HERE.)

When Amy read that interview to me, I thought about the choices we think we have in life. After reading it myself a couple of times, I think Nick Saban is spot on. While we do have choices, we limit them when we commit to succeed at something.

Success comes at a cost.

Success comes at a cost. Success on the playing field comes at a cost; the cost of free time. Success in the workplace comes at a cost; sometimes that cost is family. Success in marriage comes at a cost; you put your spouse above you. If I choose to succeed in an area of life, I choose to be less successful in other areas.

Success in my Christian walk comes at a cost.

God lays a choice before us; We  have a the choice of life and good or death and evil. If we choose life and good, if we choose God, we are choosing to give up other choices.  Jesus says, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?” (Luke 9:23-25)

We have one choice. Will we choose God? For me there is no other choice!

-Scott

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