Making a Choice to Change

God allows you to make a choice. Are going to be obedient or disobedient to HIS word? The decision of trusting or distrusting in HIM is yours to make.

The decisions you make in life most often are attained by way of parental guidance or the lack thereof. This guidance will affect your mindset and the choices you make in adulthood.

My choices and decisions had caused me to endure severe pain and anguish. In my mid-twenties, I wandered aimlessly around Oakland, California. My spirit was severely oppressed and downtrodden.

At this point in life, I had been neglected, sexually abused and unloved by parents. I was mentally manipulated and physically abused by my husband, and lost everything that mattered to me, my two children.

 

Making a Different Choice

One night at a city mission in Oakland, California, I made a different choice!

I didn’t know it at the time, but that was the BEST choice to make in life.

I chose to walk forward and accepted Jesus Christ as my personal savior.

That choice of acceptance gave Jesus permission to rescue me from the powers of darkness.

That decision to believe in Jesus Christ allowed Him to give me His Holy Spirit to help guide my path in life.

The Lord could now begin to transform me into a Child of the living God.

Within a few weeks, I enrolled in a Certified Nurses Aid and Home Health Aid training class.

In six months time, I found employment at St Josephs Convalescent Hospital in Castro Valley, California.

At that time, I didn’t understand that the Lord was working on cleansing my heart and transforming my mind.

I was happy to have a job!

 

Lessons Learned in Caring for Others

Looking back over the last twenty-plus years of caring for others, I can see how God has cleansed my heart and transformed my mind.

In serving others, I learned how to have compassion for others.

I became deeply aware of how much a person struggles to survive in life. I could see their pain and feel their anguish.

I learned to have empathy for them and sympathy for their afflictions.

I learned to understand their feelings of sorrow and anguish.

I learned how to show mercy and to forgive the combative patient who didn’t mean to harm me. I understood that illness or medication might have altered their mindset.

In caring for developmentally disabled individuals, I learned to work with many diverse people.

I learned that people have a choice and it’s not your place to make it for them, even if they have setbacks in life.

The choice of change is theirs to make!

It’s a God-given right, and no one can take it from you.

People might try to change you, but you have the right to kick and scream all the way.

All those years, I thought it was a job.

Today, I’m amazed at the glory of God to transform my heart, and it all began with making a different choice.

What choice will you make?

I pray that you will choose to accept Jesus Christ as your personal savior and give Him permission to work in your life.

It takes time for change to happen.

Keep walking by faith in the Lord, and over time you will see His glorious transformation too.

Written by Linda M Carleton
I’m Linda M Carleton, an overcomer of adversity who shares her testimony of God’s saving grace and transforming love. If you want to overcome adversity and live abundantly too, let’s connect.