He proposed marriage to her in a fit of passion and perhaps true love. Someone finally decided to devote his real career and vocation: medicine. She leaves her distractions and enters the Biblical Seminary in order to prepare for work in some remote part of the world. A teenager makes the decision to be the best in football and, from now, will work very hard to achieve it. Both parents finally agree that she should not abort, and have that child. All have a common denominator: fundamental decisions that now seem simple, but affect their own future and unconsciously the others. The first will be a bachelor without worrying about the pants that used on Saturday to become the hub of a family. Another save hundreds of lives in a hospital, from the emergency room. The girl who once decided to prepare the seminar, now preaches at a corner of New Guinea. The other is a recognized player and just signed a multimillion dollar contract to play in Italy. The couple who once decided not to abort, now listen to your child give his presidential speach from the White House. Decisions that cause a cosmic blow somewhere. Decisions that affecting others, Generationally. Small decisions that go unnoticed for any writer of great events but, over time, will become bigger story. I know one of those stories, which speaks of those simple but important Decisions.
It was a cold May morning and the man passed the saddest birthday in his entire existence. He was serving his first five decades of life and the balance was not favorable. His wife was sick a few years ago. No matter how many, were eternal. The man, a carpenter, had seen gradually how the cancer’s mate had almost a lifetime. It was a humiliating disease. When was the last time this rustic hand man had slept all night? Almost did not remember. Everything had turned gray since the damn cancer came home. His wife had not the slightest resemblance to the picture of the old double portrait that hung on one wall of the bedroom. Now it was just a cadaverous face, snowy, colorless and below the normal weight of any mortal.
“You are an adult lady,” the doctor had said, “… go home and wait.”
The man, temperamental and rough hands, I knew what to expect. The inevitable. That which would snatch his wife and mother of his four children. Without mercy, without giving a few more years of grace. Rotten breath of death seemed to fill the atmosphere with every passing day. The drink was as an anesthetic for the old carpenter. At least for a few hours was not required to think. By the time duration of the binge, have a range in the middle of a life that gave him no respite. There was any alcohol spread throughout the house, in cupboards, the fridge, garage, shed and even a bottle in an old sawdust and rusty barrel. This was his birthday. Man celebrating another year of life and a less year with his wife. The moan of his wife woke him from lethargy. “Remember,” she said gently, “we are now invited to go to that church.” The man made a gesture of disgust. He had not stepped a church. Just remember some religious songs in German that were sung in his hometown. But the order of his wife was not an option, it was a desperate plea. Perhaps the ultimate wish of those who fight melee with tumor stubbornly invade everything. A last attempt to approach God before leaving forever. Carpenter rough hands and drunken breath, nodded. The church was not very close, but when the cancer is installed in a home, nobody cares time and distances. That night, the birthday, marriage came with her two children to the church in a remote town called Del Viso, on the immense Argentina. Those who saw him say that he leaned against the wall and heard the sermon.
“Nice way to celebrate a birthday,” he must have thought wryly. But he went there with some respect, seeing as his wife wept before the altar. He barely heard the message, but he sensed that had to accompany his wife, and slowly the man with hid bottles of alcohol in the sawdust, came forward. Both took a Decision. They accepted to Christ as only and sufficient Savior. A simple Decision that did not seem too historical, and I’m sure that very few realized that night to the Carpenter and his ailing wife. But they changed their lives forever. She watched how cancer retreated gradually to transform miraculously in only a bad memory. The man got rid of all the alcohol bottles and never returned to take. What started as a bad day ended with a Decision that affecting the future forever. The old carpenter went to his shed and raised his fist to the sky. Now he is determined to make a radical and categorical determination. That’s not any fist raised in a dilapidated warehouse, is the fist of the champion. Never again will drink. Never be away from God. It’s a promise. A Decision.
One decision can change everything. every dream in life requires taking a Decision. Unbreakable, radical without turning back. Such Decisions affecting the universe. Many people dreams with something but few take the final decision of daring to make them come true, with all the criticism that entails. Hard work, loneliness, and endure the criticism of others are inevitable elements on the way toour dreams. You can have all the money, but if you do not take the Decision to defeat your giants and conquer what you crave, will be useless. It will be money wasted on meaningless nonsense. NOT be achieved with “luck”, the success is achieved with Faith, Prayer and Hard Work.
That brutal Decision.
I remember my first decision. Cost me so MUCH. A decision can not based on what you feel, in a momentary thrill or a pep talk; a real decision is taken in the privacy of your room, having battled against yourself and have been victorious. I remember before devote full time to the ministry, God deal with my life hard to motivate to believe Him and to take a decision regarding the Call that He was doing on my life. I remember asking Him thousands of “confirmations” until one day Holy Spirit told me the phrase that has shaken me more strongly in my life and gained me from step to step in this hard way of the Gospel, He said, “You know that born for that … “; those words confronted my life and my reality … the problem was not that God could … the problem was that I Decide to want, but the Decision was tough, it was to leave all my comfort for something I did not know, it was leaving the known for the unknown, the “economic security” of a monthly salary for Believing to God by divine provision, was to stop thinking and start acting, was to live the call and put my life His entire service. But continually sounded the same phrases over and over again in my memory “in this country can not be posible…”, “many people non achieve it”, “and if it does not work?”, “no one has done this before”, ” you can not live from the gospel… “, among a lot of phrases that unfortunately still hear men and women who know they have a call from God and still paralyzed by fear. Giant dreams stoped for lack of a Decision.
That day I decided to believe.
I Change my fornication for waiting the true Love.
I Change my porn site for a Bible.
I change my laziness by hard work.
I change my failure by success.
I replace to the devil by God.
Over time Holy Spirit has revealed to me something: everything is based on a Decision, the Decision to continue or give up, to believe or not believe, to love or hate, to fear or take the risk…keep equal or to work harder. So I encourage to dream … I thought it was possible … I became one of them … a Disciple of Jesus Christ. I keep a firm decision until today despite so many critical and devastating crisis.
The greatest destroyer of dreams is not called “shortage” is called “laziness”. (Proverbs 6:9)
Making a decision is about burning our past, our fear, our mediocrity, our pride, our laziness, our passivity towards life, our eternal excuses and eliminate the negative phrases that paralyze us … and move without turning to look back . The problem is not the crisis, but doing nothing for out of it. God not bless the “lukewarm” but those who take the decision to sanctify, wait for your ideal partner and leave the passivity in their lives.
A life anti-laziness.
A life anti-passivity.
A life pro-God.
The result of such Decisions is called Success.
A Decision is what separates the dreamers of those who are successful in life.
My Goals for 2014: Love harder. Work harder. Pray harder. Believe harder.
Ministry New Generation for God preaching in Portuguese, Italian, Chinese and Russian.
Integral Counseling Center and I no longer live, but Christ living in me.
And I made the decision to fulfill unturned … without look back.
Without stopping. No surrender. No excuses.
‘ll live intensely and I shoot my past away.
Goodbye past, Hello Future.
What’s stopping you to achieve everything you want?
That has paralyzed your dreams?
‘s your turn now.
Decide your 2014.
Raise your fist at the sky with determination and re-Believe.
Setting goals and dedicate to them.
Leaving the spiritual warmth.
Stop trusting in the horoscope.
Start reading the Bible.
Working hard enough to make you a millionaire.
Coaching for success in that ring called “University.”
Talking daily with Holy Spirit.
Make to God the absolute center of your life .
Love harder. Work harder. Pray harder. Believe harder.
Conquer your 2014 for Jesus Christ.
Goodbye past, hello future.
“Thank God for always being with me at all times and difficult situation, thanks for revealing that you let everything in my life has a good purpose for me. Removes laziness and passivity in my life and help me reach my goals and aspirations for this 2014. Today I decide to change to please You. Beloved Jesus receive my life and make it completely yours, I believe in you as my only Savior and I promise talk daily with you Precious Holy Spirit, Amen. “
Excerpt modified from book of Dante Gebel “The Code of the Champion.”