A book, by Andy Andrews

 

For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.  He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live. Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee. Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many. I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths. When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.  Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.
From the 4th Chapter of Proverbs

 

 Occasionally I will tell you about a book that has had an impact upon my life. There are certain authors that have felt more like friends, the kind that will tell you what is hard and make you glad you heard it. A good friend encourages and reminds you that you were created with the ability to do great things. Is our Creator/Designer not God??! These great things may not seem great to others from a world view. I am aware of the world view, but I endeavor to a higher view, above the clouds.

 I have friends that I enjoy a cup of coffee or tea with; I leave feeling encouraged with just more cheer that when I first see them. They encourage me; they stoke my fire. I meet with them as often as I can for that reason.

 Certain books have done this too. One book is called MASTERING THE SEVEN DECISIONS that DETERMINE PERSONAL SUCCESS. I love this book because it speaks truth to me and encourages me to do better, to begin right where I am. Many books are written about setting goals, frequently aiming toward vast wealth. This book is not like this. There are seven decisions that we can make in our lives that will transform our lives. I listen to it again, as a reminder, but also as a review. How have I progressed and in what areas? How much? How have I benefited from allowing the seven decision into my life?

 What are the 7 Decisions?

 The first is that we accept responsibility for our lot in life. Is that reasonable? Yes, and doing so may save yours!

 Secondly is a decision to obtain wisdom. We do this on purpose and throughout our life. It is a decision and it is a commitment.

 Third: We decide that we will do things; we will be people of action. This may be why I continue working on things when I have failed or been unfaithful in the past. God can do more with a person that is trying than a person that is doing nothing.

 Fourth, to have a decided heart. To be fixed in our thoughts. This one I think of as a God-confidence thing and it melds well with other good decisions. What is a decision if we are not committed to it?

 Fifth decision: Very simple. I will be joyful. Purpose to be happy!

 The sixth is a decision to be compassionate; forgiving. Forgiving can be hard; forgetting is harder. It is not a simple thing, but this chapter has guided me forward. Well worth the effort.

 Finally, we are encouraged to be persistent. We are encouraged not to quit; to decide before we start that we will not quit.

 I wrote some notes as I read this book the first time. The decisions are explained in an interesting to read or listen to style. A short thought that I still consider from the book when facing a fresh struggle is: “Change What IS to What IF. Think about that. What if we ….? You get the picture. What if I allow this book to change the status quo? It will.

 Our life is full of choices, of decisions. Some we give little thought to. The most important decision we will make in our life is not in this list. The most important decision is that I will believe and follow Jesus Christ because He is my Saviour and has become my salvation. The seven decisions in the book I am referring to will add to and strengthen your faith. Make these decisions with your Saviour and keep them by His Grace and Spirit.

This book is not the Bible; it is not inerrant. That does not mean it is not of great value. We look at and read things that are manmade daily. God made us to be creative, but we are to sift through what we put into our minds through the perfect Word of God. I think of this book as I think of a few other favorite books as friends that come up along side me and remind me of the important. This book is an encourager.

 Change “What is” to “What if?”  Taken from Mastering the Seven Decisions by Andy Andrews