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Everyone in Peru knows that the elections are taking place this Sunday between Keiko Fujimori and Ollanta Humala. We all want the right decision to be made. We want every person who will vote to think about his or her vote. We want the country of Peru to make a good decision.
Voting can be difficult. Today, I’m not going to tell you which person to vote for or against. That is up to you. However, I would like to talk about how to make good decisions in life.
How we make our decisions is a topic called ethics. Ethics are an important aspect of justice. Citizens, cities, countries, all need to make good decisions for justice to happen.
How do you make your decisions? Do you honor your family and God with your decisions?
I hope that you do not make your decisions by chance or luck, for example, by the roll of dice. There is more to life than luck.
I hope that you do not make your decisions by your feelings alone. Sometimes our feelings can be wrong. Sometimes a bad decision can make me feel happy. Sometimes a good decision can make me feel sad.
If we want to make a good decision, there are five important points to remember:
# 1. Consult God. It is very important to remember this point. If we want to make a good decision, it is important to ask our God what He wants us to do. Our good God will help us to make good decisions.
Begin with Him. Pray. Then, search the Bible, for answers. In Psalm 119, verse 105, it says that God’s Word is a lamp for our feet and a light for our path. Follow God’s lead. Many people like to ask at difficult times, “What would Jesus do?”
# 2. Learn, about your choices. In the time you have, be informed. Read, discuss your options with wise people. Listen to experts, even listen to opposing opinions. Study the topics affected by your choices. Know as much as possible about your options.
# 3. Think. Seek advice but do not simply do what others say to do. Each person has the God-given freedom to make his or her own decisions. Take time to use the mind God gave you. Think about the future and the results your choice might create. Think about how your decision will affect other people. Ask, “Will my decision bring honor to God?”
# 4. Choose. With strength, make your decision and stay with it. Have faith that you make the best choice you can at this time and place. Be confident that God is with you now and into the future.
# 5. Honor the Results. You may or may not like the results. Celebrate the decision or congratulate others, whatever is needed. Whatever the result, be peaceful. You can be peaceful in any situation through faith in God.
Making a decision is never easy. Maybe at times you feel like you are choosing between AIDS and Cancer! However, if you make your decisions by using the five steps of consulting God, learning, thinking, choosing and honoring the results…you can feel good about your decision and be at peace with yourself.
You can only be responsible for the choices you make. But we must take responsibility for all of our choices. Our personal decisions do affect other people. They also affect our relationship with God.
In ethics, do your best. As you need, live in forgiveness.
Let us all make decisions in freedom, mercy and peace – for this presidential election and always. I’m Leon Smith.