“I don’t want to be in a battle.
But waiting on the edge of one I can’t escape is even worse.”
(-Peregrin Took, LOTR: The Return of the King)

Every day, hundreds of decisions await your judgement—some you make unconsciously or by force of habit or circumstance, while some demand more serious pondering, owing to the gravity of their consequences or the magnitude of the stakes. You don’t always realize the significance of your choices the moment you are making them, but the grand sum of these acts of the will— great and small—inevitably shapes your life. The collective qualities of your choices interactively reflect and define your character.

It is interesting and insightful to survey your life in terms of the decisions you have made, both great and small. More interesting still is a survey of your life based on the decisions you had refused to make, and you realize that even that refusal—the dillydallying—is essentially a choice. And all choices have consequences.



  1. Great insight! Reminds me of another line from LOTR —

    Frodo: “I wish the Ring had never come to me, I wish none of these have happened.”

    Gandalf: “So do all those who lived to see such time. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given you.”

    Come to think of it, had Frodo decided to give up his mission in destroying the ring, then there would be no great story. And no great movie. =)


  2. I’m not sure how to differentiate character from identity, maybe perhaps because they are too closely related. I am, however, of the opinion that it is our identity that determines our choices and not the other way around. No wonder the Lord Jesus gave us, first and foremost, new identities: God’s children. In order that we may live changed lives.

    You may have a point, though, that our collective choices do reflect our character but I would not sum up everything yet. The Lord is not finish with you yet…realize your worth as God sees you and your choices will reflect your identity in Christ.


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