3 Greatest Decisions in Life

Every young person must face three big decisions. Like you are facing one or more of them right now. They are: What place will religion have in my life? What vocation shall i choose? And whom will I eventually marry? We have to make these serious decisions at a relatively early age, usually between the age of 18 and 22. These decisions weigh heavily on you, because their consequences will follow you the rest of your life. Let’s take a look at these issues one by one.

What place will religion have in my life?

Whether you realize it or not, you have already began to choose the central point around which your life will rotate. Since you cannot serve two masters, you will have to choose between God and Satan. If you have absorbed spiritual values in your childhood, you will probably make God your major focus. If you have had negative input and have been brought up by hypocritical or legalistic parents, you might be fighting what you know is right. If you have chosen pleasure as your major thrust, then your life will be different from the one committed to value and purpose. This first decision, then, determines the other two choices in life.

What vocation shall I choose?

The choice of an occupation, whether it be as an engineer or a homemaker, is of vital importance because we spend so many hours a day engaged in the chosen vocation. If your lifework fails to challenge you and bring you the rewards you hoped for, you will find yourself sentenced to years of boredom, frustration, and unhappiness.

Whom shall i marry?

Studies indicate that 9.5 out of every ten Africans marry. The consequences of this decision dictate with whom you will spend your entire adult years in the most intimate relationship known to men and women. This person will become your partner in rearing your children and will share every level of your life. A poor decision here could spell disaster not only for you, but also for your spouse, your family, and your friends. It can be even more tragic if you enlarge your family with children.

One thing seems clear, then. A poor choice on any one of these three major decisions will lessen your chances for happiness and self-fulfillment. Have you been daydreaming about finding your “prince” or “princess” in the near future so that you can drop out of school and stop worrying about your problems, or so you can settle down in your own private world? Many people expect marriage to resolve all life’s problems. After all we feel alone in a big world. We can go about in a depersonalized world only for so long without identifying a personal niche in the scheme of life. Falling in love holds tremendous attraction for millions. Thousands wait in anxious anticipation for love to hit so they can escape from their problems.

But don't count on your dream and expectations to take care of the future. Instead, carefully look at the present, especially at your own feelings of worth before you oversell the future.
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