Taking the Right Path
Updated: Mar 21, 2019
Who Makes Our Choices?
Who or what pressures us to do what we do?
Wear what we wear…
Talk how we talk…
If we are honest with ourselves, we would say that the culture around us has a huge say in what we do, what we wear, how we act, and how we talk.
And when I say culture, I’m talking about social media, movie stars, recording artist, athletes, where we live, the school we go to, and the friends we hang out with.
I’m talking about technology, books, and whatever social class people put us in.
Maybe your parents make all the choices for you. Either because they are afraid that you are going to turn into a heathen, or because they want to “protect you”!
Maybe your friends make your decisions for you. Because they are the closest family you have, and you’re afraid you will lose them too!
Maybe money makes your choices. Because you don’t have any, and you are tired of living broke! Or you have a lot of “stuff” and that’s what drives you.
That’s a few examples of what could be making your choices.
Let’s look at how we are making our choices.
How are we making our choices?
How can music influence the choices you make? How does it influence how we act, talk, and what we wear?
Most of you have probably heard the phrase “YOLO”, you only live once. A lot of people adopted this “motto” and started to live life like there was no tomorrow because of a popular song.
Now what happens when you live like there is no tomorrow? Then all of a sudden, tomorrow comes.
You’ve been spending all your money.
Telling people what’s on your mind, because you know they deserve it.
Maybe you started gravitating towards drugs and alcohol.
Skipping school and sleeping in.
What happens then?
What happens when someone disrespects you and you’re like “YOLO”!
What happens when you are tempted to steal from the mall, knowing the police is in there, knowing they have people watching you, knowing they have cameras…but you’re like “YOLO”!
What happens when your boyfriend or girlfriend is pressuring you to have sex, and you’re like “YOLO”. Then a month later someone is pregnant!
That’s just one example of the culture around us can influence our choices.
The idea is to be aware of what is influencing you and how you make the choices you do.
What is the “why” behind our choices?
Again, if we are honest – music, money, friends, movies, sports shape the choices we make for two reasons:
Acceptance and fear!
Pretty much any choice we make hinges on those two things.
We dress like our friends because we FEAR that we will look different, and we want to be ACCEPTED by our friends. We want to fit in!
We chase money or “stuff” because we FEAR that we won’t live a good life and have good things. We fear that we won’t be ACCEPTED if we don’t have a lot of money or “stuff”.
We flirt and sleep around because we FEAR that we are not good enough for someone to love us, and we want to be ACCEPTED by our boyfriends and girlfriends.
We get drunk at parties and do drugs because we FEAR that people will label us “goody goodies”, and goody goodies are not ACCEPTED by the circles we run in.
Listen to what Romans 12:1-2 has to say about choices.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Let me give you a choice to make.
Live free following Jesus!
Be enslaved to FEAR and ACCEPTANCE
Who’s going to make that choice for you?
How are you going to make that choice?
Why will you make that choice?
I hope this message has challenged you to think about the choices you make.
I hope you’re inspired to ask God to show you the source of your choices, how you make them, and why you make them.
Taking From: Ministry to Youth