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You will keep on guiding me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny -- Psalm 73:24 What is destiny? I believe that destiny is a thing between good choices and divine intervention. I deeply believe that God is in control and that He wants us to live life to the full and enjoy it. He is a good God who wants the best for us. He knew about us when you and I were in the womb of our mother.

There is a great purpose for your life - no doubt about it and you have your free will to choose. Isn't that great? Since the beginning of this world billions of people have had the ability to make their own choices. Some of them were bad, very bad and some of them were good. I believe that many of the things we see in our world today are a consequence of peoples' choices. This might sound disturbing and worrying, but think about all the good and positive things as well. You for example! You have a great destiny and a great future ahead of you.

You can make a change and be a huge influence. Make good choices and find a wonderful destiny, preplanned ahead of you! I knew you before I formed you in your mother's womb. Before you were born I set you apart. . . -- Jeremiah 1:5 You cannot do whatever you feel you want to do.

If you base your life only on current emotions your life will be horrible. Because some days your emotions and feelings will be sky rocketing and you think you can do anything. Then there are other days, when you are licking the walking street and it's almost impossible to look yourself in the eyes! These two very different emotions will make you chose two very different decisions.

Listen to your emotions, and consider your decision and the consequences before you do it! Then do what is well-balanced. You cannot base any relationship on feelings alone. I know that feelings are a good thing. But if we look at relationships we need to have more than just feelings. There is a difference between being in love and love itself.

Being in love is a temporary thing, but actually loving someone in spite of differences, even when everyday life sets in, is the lasting kind of love. This is not based on spur of the moment feeling, but on deep respect, affection and choice. Some think it is just OK to find another partner if the feelings go away.

That is so sad and a huge misunderstanding of the human mind. Don't get me wrong I love feelings and it's a great thing, but if I only act on them and make my choices "with" them I'm in trouble! I need to go beyond my emotions and feelings when I make choices. If I go to a huge shopping mall I will get tempted to buy all sorts of things. At least the stores try to affect my feelings at "that moment" when I pass by the store.

And maybe if I can't control that feeling, I will end up buying the whole mall and go bankrupt. To sum up the point, make choices with both your heart and mind. Destiny is not a matter of chance, but a matter of choice.

It is not a thing to be waited for, but a thing to be achieved. -- William Jennings Bryan You life is full of choices and your destiny is a choice! You have the free will to create your life. The decisions you make can have an impact on entire countries. What starts out with a small thought can end up being your future. For example, people like Bill Gates, George Washington, Martin Luther King, and the Pope had to make some choices to become who they are. I am not saying that you need to be like Bill Gates or become the new Pope.

You just need to be yourself and live your life to the fullest and be the "new" you! I remember when I was 18 years old. I had to make a decision about what I was going to do with my future. As it is for most teenagers and young people, it can be hard to figure out especially that! I wasn't sure at all what I should do. I had thought about working in a printing house, but the thought bothered me.

But one day as I read in the bible I felt in a very powerful way that I had to sign up for a "Christian discipleship training school" which I had heard about. And even though I applied very late I got the chance to attend the school where they trained us to go out and sail with a big ship and teach others about the love of God. The school was an opportunity for young people to sail in the very beautiful seas of Denmark and Sweden. The ship was called AGAPE which means "God's love" in Greek.

When we cast anchor in the harbors, we usually had some time to talk with people about faith in God and help them with any questions they might have. We also had great meetings in different harbors and in city squares with hundreds attending. We even went to places where there was troubled youth as well. During that year at sea, I developed an enormous desire to work with people and help people in one way or another. I did not base my decision on this one feeling. But slowly I got the desire that I wanted to use my life helping others and show them the powerful love of Christ.

Even before this year as a "teenage missionary" God had started something supernatural in my heart. You can read my powerful story about God's love, grace and power right here: Click here . Today many years later, that is what I am doing. And with that desire in my heart, I have gotten even more crazy dreams that I want to achieve.

Before I went on the ship, I had no ideas for what I would experience. I really just did it because the Holy Spirit told me too, and I took the chance. Maybe you are worrying about your future and thinking about your destiny. But my advice to you is to just take it easy. Read your Bible and pray. Travel somewhere, get to know some NEW friends and remember to keep the good old ones.

J Do something different and you will see the world from another point of view. Don't let television create your life, but let your life create television!-- Peter Haahr Hansen You are not only influenced by your own choices, friends, family and your dog; but television is properly the source that impacts you the most. We live in a global culture where everybody seems to do the same thing! Cultures are getting the same and the world is getting smaller (especially the western world). Life issues and problems are the same no matter if you are in Europe or in the United States of America.

We listen to the same music on MTV, watch the same movies, some TV shows, and TV series and we almost eat the same kind of food. At this moment, the whole world is getting globalize. I like the thought of "global culture" but I can see a problem, and that is that the media is becoming kind of a role model for our generation. The media influences us and tells us how to live our lives. We all have the choice not to be controlled by the media or other people who can influence us in a bad way. Try to turn off the television and Internet connection and you will see how addicted you are! Your destiny is worth far more than a stupid soap opera or www! If you want to become a history maker, then it's your choice.

Integrity: what's that? Definition of Integrity: Steadfast adherence to a strict moral or ethical code. The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles that you refuse to change. One of the greatest qualities in a man or women is integrity. As you can see in the definition for integrity, it is about honest and moral values.

It's about doing what is right. If you build your life with high moral values and honesty, people will respect you. They will be able to look you in the eyes and say you did all you could do. It will give you a strong personality and a great destiny. If you look below, here I will give you some key words to help you as you continue to read: Make other people succeed. Be a real role-model.

Encourage people around you and build them up. Do not humiliate anyone. Forgive people for what they might have done to you. Keep up your self management.

Do not gossip. Do to others what you would have them do to you. Do what you say and keep your word. Do not pass any confidential information to others.

Whatever you do, do it with the right motives. Believe in God and trust him with all your heart. Do not lie! As an easy guideline you can actually use the Ten Commandments in the Old Testament. Read over them, think about them and use them! Find your Bible and read them right here: Exodus chapter 20.

WHY DOES GOD ALLOW US THE FREEDOM TO MAKE CHOICES? Because God loves you and has a great plan for your life.

Peter Haahr Hansen is a gifted and dynamic speaker from Scandinavia who believes in everyday miracles and the healing power of the gospel! Gospel Miracle Ministries www.gospelmiracle.org



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