36 Now these dissenters, having the same instruction and the same information of the Nephites, yea, having been instructed in the same knowledge of the Lord, nevertheless, it is strange to relate, not long after their dissensions they became more hardened and impenitent, and more wild, wicked and ferocious than the Lamanites—drinking in with the traditions of the Lamanites; giving way to indolence, and all manner of lasciviousness; yea, entirely forgetting the Lord their God.
Our decisions have at least two kinds of consequences. There are direct consequences–the things that happen as a result of what we’ve chosen. And then there are other, less perceptible consequences, including how our decisions have changed us. When we deliberately reject truth, life gets harder, because we are out of sync with reality. But more importantly, we reinforce a habit of mind and heart which makes it easier to reject or ignore truth the next time.
Is it worse to reject truth after you have embraced it or never to accept it in the first place? Either way, you’re living without truth, and you’re bound to be unhappy and frustrated. But to the degree that you have made a conscious decision to reject it, that decision has become part of who you now are.
Beware of poor decisions, not only because of their direct consequences, but because they shape your future self. If you choose to sin, you may never repent, not because you can’t, but because you are becoming a person who won’t want to.
Today, I will remember the importance of integrity and sincerity in my decisions. I will recognize that my daily decisions shape my character, and I will strive to make choices which will lead me closer to being the person I ultimately want to become.