For the most part, nothing happens in life without our permission. We are constantly confronted with “cause and effect” relationships. A cause is something that makes something happen; the effect is what happens as a result of the cause.
When we live life according to God’s word (“the cause”), the “effect” will be the creation of memories that leave a positive record for the next generation.
Deuteronomy 30:19 (NLT) points this out to us clearly. It states, “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! Life is standing by watching us.
God won’t make the decision for us but He has recommended the answer. We have the power to deny decisions and choices that cause negative effects in our thinking, actions and behaviors in life.
Remember: The biggest responsibility that each one of us has as individuals is the ability to make decisions. Today’s decisions are designing tomorrow’s conditions. More than anything else, it is our decisions, not the conditions of our lives that determine our future.