It has been claimed that adults make over 35,000 decisions within one day! Whether we decide to turn right or left... drink water or juice... finish one more email before going to the restroom... press snooze or wake up... read your Bible or scroll Instagram... talk on the phone or hop on the elliptical machine... take the trash to the curb the night before or in the morning... go through the drive-thru or walk inside... wear contacts or glasses... speed or drive the speed limit... spend or save...
I think you get the point :)
On May 19th, some odd years ago (LOL), I was involved in a TERRIBLE car accident after my senior prom. I had a head-on collision in the middle of the night, while driving home. After the vehicles struck, fluid leaked from my vehicle and smoke began to permeate the hood. Within minutes, smoke also seeped inside the car. I reached over to open the car door, but quickly realized my body was trapped! The front of the car was smashed inwardly and there was little room between the steering wheel and my body. I felt heat coming from the bottom of the car and instinctively, I started trying to dig myself up with the heels of my feet... to no avail. As a last recourse, I waved my left arm out of the window, but couldn't really scream for help. A man (angel) came over and called for help.
As I sat there, still trapped, I cried and gave up on my life. The man told me help was on the way, but at that moment, I just knew it was over for me. I didn't think to recite the sinner's prayer I'd heard in church all my life, but I chose to feel sorry for myself and just cry. The man was talking to me, but I cannot remember one word he said. I can only remember darkness, smoke, heat, and a crushed spirit. Amazingly, I couldn't feel any broken glass in my skin, broken bones, or pain from my bleeding spleen.
Fast forward... (I'll go back and fill you in on later blogs.)
Weeks later I found out the other driver died at the scene of the accident. I cannot begin to tell you my range of emotions. Consequently, I was looking to be charged with vehicular homicide... a Class B felony that can result in 8-30 years in prison and a fine up to $25,000!!!
How does this experience relate to decisions???
The ONE decision that changed my life in this situation was that I CHOSE not to drink alcohol or do drugs the night of my senior prom. Nooooo, I wasn't a "drinker" or "user", but some people I know got LOOSE on prom night with alcohol, pills, weed, etc.! Prom night was the official excuse to get with it!
Sooooo, if there had been .08 concentration of alcohol or any trace of substance in my system, my life would be oh-so-different from what it is today!!!
At the time I made the decision, I honestly was not thinking of saving my life (from imprisonment) hours later. But it did! This was truly a blessing that I didn't see coming. I can't take any credit, because Lord knows I was not thinking of Him on that night. Though it's many years later, I'm yet humbled, appreciative, and grateful, and I will never forget this pivotal moment of my life.
Have you had a pivotal experience where one decision changed your life? I'd love to hear from you.
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