Is destiny predetermined?
Do we have any say in how our lives turn out?
Are we just chess pieces on a board being shoved around?
Destiny isn’t predetermined, but the results of our choices are.
We learn early on how things are. A dropped ball will fall. Red and blue make purple. Yellow and blue make green. Universal law predestines that is how things are.
At some point growing up some of us figure out that choices have consequences.
Sometimes we make the choices. Other times somebody else’s choices seem to shove us like chess pieces. Circumstances nudge us in one direction or the other.
We are not chess pieces, but if we face life alone, without guidance from within, we are at the mercy of other people’s bad decisions.
Preprogrammed into the human consciousness is an awareness that there is something more. We don’t have to choose to be aware of God. We just are.
He knew us before we were born and we know of Him.
The Edgar Cayce readings say, “ye are part and parcel of a universal consciousness or God…” 2794-3
I learned to meditate using the Lord’s Prayer as an affirmation. I was meditating in the dentist chair in 1975, long before the New York Times wrote about it. Now it is called mindful.
So the only choice we need to make is to ask Him, in our own words, what would you have me know? Then listen for the still, small voice.
Ask, listen, then obey
The only sure way to influence your ultimate destiny is to ask, listen and obey. When you approach God, seeking, He responds.
I’m a lifelong learner. So books show up or courses begin. You might get movies or music to point you along a certain path. Is this really God? Ask again. If you’re new at this He will not expect you to discern immediately His voice among the clamoring crowd.
When I’m slow to hear sometimes He sky writes.
The only thing we have any control over, the only decision we can make, the only question we can ask is to ask God what He would have us to know and/or to do.
Then obey, even when it seems risky.
Protection can be found in the thought of the Christ.