When I was growing up, my Dad had few real limits. We were allowed to go on long hikes into the woods, stay out late roaming the countryside or ride our bicycles down Division Avenue into town. But the few lines we could not, should not cross we made very clear to us. One - do not ever say no to our Mother. Two - Do what your told, and Three do not lie. Caught crossing those lines meant air-strike fast punishment from Dad, and there would be no discussion good enough to escape it!
The choices were ours [My brother and I], that was clear. What we did with those choices was our decision then as it still is today. Looking back, each time I made a decision that brought punishment, it was done through my decision to let my emotions dictate my choices. Instead of doing what I was told, for example, I chose to give a smart response...when I was punished - in the final analysis, for crossing the line, it was made clear my decision, then actions was what got me into trouble.
In many many ways, this is an example of our lives here on earth. Scripture, Corinthians 10:23, tells us that everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial. This verse tells it to us straight, we have free will to do whatever we please - BUT, there will be consequences for those decisions.
Multitudes, multitudes, in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. Joel 3:14
Today, live well the life given to you. Enjoy life, and enjoy all the good things that life has to offer, keeping in mind the responsibility to choose wisely. Do not do it just for you, but to honor your Father and Mother, your spouse, children or family and friends. Do this will bring good things to a person throughout their life, and that will prove to be a very good decision!