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The Effect of Bad Decision in Life


This story describes a single bad decision taken in haste and hidden from family with unforeseen and wholly unintended consequences.

Susan, the second child and first daughter of her parents became pregnant at the age of 16 to her boyfriend, Nat, who was 18 at the time. Both were in high school and individually depended on their parents for financial support. Because of their Christian background, they were petrified to tell any member of their family. Moreover, they have highly disciplined parents who would not tolerate such an act.

After weighing the pros and the cons of having a baby, the difficulties and challenges they would face at that age in supporting themselves with a child–because neither of them had a job, and both wanted to finish school–they decided that abortion would be the best option. To Susan, the decision for abortion was right, because no one need know she was ever pregnant while in school. Anyway, she had the abortion. As a young girl she got over it and moved on with her life without knowing the damage that single act has done to her life.

Later on (after their high school), both Susan and her boyfriend, Nat, went to separate colleges. Their relationship was never the same again, because at this time, they had new friends. They also never talked about the abortion again. Not only that, they also kept it secret from their friends and families.

But that single act left a constant feeling of thoughtful sadness in Susan’s heart for so long. For months and years, her mind reeled, and she thought day and sleepless night about the decision she made. Her private moments were spent crying and none of her family members seemed to notice. She eventually learned to push it to the back of her mind, but it would always creep out to break her heart again and again.

Thirteen years later, Susan met her husband, got married, and for four years into their marriage, she discovered she could not become pregnant again and have a child because of some damages done in her by that single abortion decision she made earlier-on in her life. Physically, she was okay but emotionally, she was in constant grief and pain carrying around a burden of guilt for the pain she had caused her husband.

Initially, she did not want to tell her husband about the abortion for the fear of being rejected, but after the medical report she received from doctor, she tearfully told him the truth and was shocked to hear all the support and compassion that her husband gave her. Since then she has confessed her sins to the Lord and to her husband, and both couple are now committed Christians.

Although God has forgiven Susan, there is still a great pain and void in her life that she knows can never be healed. It has given her great sadness, but also greater compassion for others. It has changed her from one who made a bad decision in her late adolescent development age and never thought much about the abortion issue, to a woman who is now an expert on abortion through counseling.

It has equally changed her relationship with some of her husband’s family members who no longer share their closeness with her. However, she and her husband are happily married and are blessed with two adopted children, Paul and Joyce.

What an effect of bad decision in life! We all should learn from this story. We can learn from our mistakes and demonstrate our obedience through the choices we make.

Blessings!!!

Ike Ozuome
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Set Priorities and Not Be Distracted


As Christians, it is easy for us to lose sight of Jesus in the midst of all our activity for Him. This story in Luke 10:38-42, clearly shows the importance of setting priorities and not be distracted. It shows the necessity of balancing our Christian service with worship—that is, our work with our worship. It also shows that listening to the Word of the Lord is of great importance. Here we see two personalities, represented by Martha and Mary.

The Bible tells us that Mary and Martha were sisters who both loved Jesus. One day Jesus visited their home and they were both serving Him. But Martha thought Mary’s style of serving was inferior to hers; she was irritated that Mary was not helping and so she complained to Jesus. What she didn’t realize was that in her desire to serve, she was actually neglecting Jesus, her guest. In fact, “she made the common mistake of offering work for worship.” She was distracted by the amount of serving she had to do by trying to please the Lord.

While it is not a bad thing and certainly not a sin to try to please Jesus (because we are advised in the Scriptures to walk in a manner or to live in a way that pleases the Lord—see Colossians 1:10-12; 1 Thessalonians 4:1), the problem here is that Jesus wanted the attention of Martha, but instead she offered Him a flurry of activity. As a result, she felt tired and overworked and became agitated or confused and complained of Mary not helping her. The Lord tenderly responded by pointing out to her that she was worried and troubled about many things—over ordinary matters. But that one thing is needed from both of them, and her sister Mary had chosen that good part which will not be taken away from her (Luke 10:38-42).

Obviously, the Lord Jesus in this passage did not blame Martha for being concerned about the household task or job; He was simply asking her to set priorities and not be distracted. As one commentator notes, “It is possible for service to Christ to degenerate into mere busywork that is totally devoid of devotion to God.” As Christians, we must make sure we are not so busy day-after-day doing things for Jesus and not spending any or much time with Him—learning at His feet as Mary did. We must not let our service become self-serving like Martha’s.

The lesson in this passage is quite obvious! Like Martha, we can become weary in our work for the Lord when we fail to take time to sit at His feet and draw from the spiritual resources that are available to us. Honestly, there are few things that are as damaging to the Christian life as trying to work for Christ without taking time to commune with Him (Excerpted from New Believer’s Bible, Off and Running: Priorities).

The Apostle Paul in his letter to young Timothy writes, “Hardworking farmers are the first to enjoy the fruit of their labor” (2 Timothy 2:6). In other words, we can’t effectively feed others until we ourselves have been fed. Obviously, this story of Mary and Martha shows that what we do with the Lord Jesus Christ is far more important than what we do for Him. It also shows that those who strike a balance between work and worship will keep themselves from spiritual burnout and will become more effective in their service to the Lord (ibid).

While Martha was distracted by the amount of serving she had to do, her sister Mary did what was right by devoting herself to Jesus’ teaching. Even when Martha complained, Mary was silent and said nothing in response. What a good example for us to follow!

We must remember that “All these things happened to them as examples for us. They were written down to warn us who live at the time when this age is drawing to a close. They were also written down for our learning, in order that we might have hope through the patience and encouragement which the Scriptures give us” (Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 10:6, 11).

Listening to the Word of the Lord and doing what it says is of Great Importance!

Blessings!!!

Ike Ozuome
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Markers in My Life


As a child, Sandra had many markers in her life. Unfortunately, most were not good.

First, her brother died when she was 5 years old. She didn’t understand, but she was expected to understand. She was told God took him, which caused her to be angry with God.

Second, her parents divorced. One day, after school, her dad picked her up to go to shopping. According to the court rule, he was not supposed to do that without permission. So when he brought Sandra back home, he was arrested by the police, and he went to jail. Then, Sandra was in third grade. Because of the arrest, she developed hatred for the police.

Third, When Sandra was 9 years old, her grandfather who was raising her died, and again, she was told God took him. This time, she decided she wanted nothing to do with God.

Fourth, when she was 12 years, her uncle molested her, as did her step father. Because of that, she developed hatred for men.

In the main, Sandra’s life did not contain the “normal” markers of that of a child or of children. She had to learn to cope with what she had. She grew up very fast, missing her normal childhood life along the way.

Markers overlooked in her life includes innocence, grades to be proud of, pats on the back for good works done, and many more. She also didn’t have a mother-daughter relationship, because her mom gave her up for adoption. She felt if her early childhood years had been stolen from her.

But for the grace of God, Sandra was able to move on with her life. Although she got married at 18 and became a mother herself, she never got a chance to walk down the aisle. She also wasn’t able to pursue her dream of going to college until when she was 35 years old. Finally, she has made good on that marker.

Now she is 46 years, and has since reconciled with her mother. Her most important marker was realizing who she was in Christ. She was able to take those situations and make a better life for her children. She gives God thanks every day she is reminded by the Lord Jesus of how special she is to Him. Glory to God!

Blessings!!!

Ike Ozuome
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