This is week #5 in my memorable quotes series of blogs. I see quotes in books or articles, hear them in podcasts and sermons (even see some on bumper stickers) and they stick with me. But the one I highlight below I saw on a T-shirt while on vacation. I have seen the quote since in several different places and it has always stuck with me. The T-shirt in question simply had this saying on it.
“Bad choices make good stories.”
What probably grabbed my attention is that this quote is both funny and sad at the same time. When you are sitting around the table having dinner or having a late-night discussion around the fire pit, the funniest and most memorable stories usually come from a choice that someone made that simply did not go well or was ill advised. Looking back in hindsight we see the foolishness of the choice and we see the string of consequences that resulted, like a long line of dominoes. It is often like the plot to a sitcom episode and we can laugh at our own silly choices and the sometimes very funny and embarrassing circumstances that result.
However, for many people, the stories that result from bad choices might be interesting, but they are certainly not happy or uplifting. The choices they make lead to life situations that while they might be entertaining in some respects, are the kind of situations that they would love to never have gotten into in the first place.
In all likelihood, you can tell your own stories. Some that were bad choices that turned out OK but make for a funny story and others that were not so funny and led to regrets. Whenever I remember this quote, I also remember a quote from the Bible. “For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” (Philippians 2:13 for those that are interested) It reminds me that no matter what choices I have made in the past, God can use them, redeem them and work through them for something good. God is so amazing that no matter how bad my choices may have been, God can use them in my life and truly turn them into something good. And that, my friends, is the best kind of story.
Weldon Lemke has been leading Hope Chapel since 2009 with a passion to see people come to know God and grow to maturity in Him.