Decisions Determine Destiny – Faith Thoughts With Shirley Gould

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We make a plethora of choices every day. Most are trivial…what to wear, what to eat and how do I want my coffee. After ordering your grande macheatto soy latte with a touch of cinnamon but no whip, you face another day.

But, these trivial selections do not define us. They’re minor details of our personal journeys. It’s the decision to live for the Lord that sets us apart from the rest of the world.

In scripture, Naomi, a widow, lost her two sons, leaving her bitter in spirit. She gave her daughters-in-law, Ruth and Orpah, a chance to return to their own people. Orpah took the easy road and returned to her family, to what was familiar.

But, Ruth chose to follow Naomi to her people, and to serve her God. She said…

“Urge me not to leave you…for where you go, I will go…your people shall be my people and your God, my God.” ~ Ruth 1:16 (Amplified Old Testament)

It was a hard road to a place she didn’t know, to a people who didn’t like her tribe, to serve their One True God. She made her choice and dedicated herself to serving her mother-in-law by working in the fields.

You know the story…the Lord blessed her. She married Boaz, the wealthy land owner and was highly respected. Scriptures reveal how her decision affected the destiny of her offspring. She was the grandmother of King David, who killed Goliath when he was but a young man.

History books report Orpah’s story. She remarried, had children and grandchildren. In fact, her grandson was Goliath who was slain by David.

The choices we make influence generations. We cannot take our Christianity lightly. It must be our focus and the passion that drives us to make a difference in the lives of others.

As this world spirals into darkness, it’s time to shine our light, time to take a strong stand. It starts with a decision.

Decisions determine destiny. What’s yours today?


About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

6 thoughts on “Decisions Determine Destiny – Faith Thoughts With Shirley Gould

  1. M. Weidenbenner says:

    Hi Shirley – This is a timely article! I’m writing a speech (joined Toastmasters to improve my speaking abilities) about choices, but specifically about making choices after “bad” things happen. I love your line, “The choices we make influence generations!” I’m going to add that to what I’m writing. This is so true. Sometimes taking a more difficult path, one that’s difficult to walk down, can reap the best rewards. Well said!

    • Michelle Lim says:

      Michelle, so glad you were impacted by the words here. I have to say, they really touched me, too! I was so amazed by Goliath’s heritage. How like God to bring about something great from following the right path. Thank you, Shirley for these timely words.

  2. Interesting! I knew about Kind David’s heritage, but not Goliath’s. And I love your application to life & the decisions we make. Thanks, Michelle!

  3. This was so interesting. I had to stop and research what you said about Goliath. And then I was almost late to church. lol

  4. Shirley, I loved this post! And I had no idea what became of Orpah. Wow. Thank you for the reminder that choices DO influence generations. And that the harder choice may very well be the better choice. We need to pray through each one, don’t we? Beautiful post, my friend!

  5. lilaskid01 says:

    Wonderful thoughts on decisions and their ramifications. I had no idea about Orpah and what happened to her when she left Naomi and Ruth. Thanks for sharing

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