Posted by: amylamb | March 17, 2011

Choices & Challenges

Our choices matter.

I recently  had the opportunity to learn from Joe Bullard (yes, the car salesman). Though the entirety of our conversation was thought-provoking and inspiring, one thing in particular has been swirling around in my thoughts since then:

“Circumstances don’t define your character but reveal it. It’s how you respond to challenges that defines you.” -Joe Bullard

It’s our choices that make the difference. Good choices don’t just happen. They require a framework of prerequisites – beliefs and values – developed through time and instruction that ultimately define character. That’s where our choices come from, and if we don’t choose what will define us before the challenge does, our misguided responses to our circumstances will ultimately render us aimless.

Sound familiar? Read the news. It’s not a fabled utopia that our culture and society needs. It’s Christ-centered beliefs, values, character … choices.

Sometimes you have to face a challenging circumstance with a difficult decision.

Watch your character closely. If you wait until the challenge comes to decide whether you will neglect the development of your character and choose from a me-centered perspective or a Christ-centered perspective, then the circumstances surrounding the challenge will choose for you.

“In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.”-Proverbs 16:9

Will you choose your plans tomorrow, or will you choose today to follow His wherever He may lead?



  1. So true about character being a by product of many small choices.

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