I will never get a tattoo.
I will always love Kelly as my wife.
I will always follow Christ.
I might eat at Long John Silvers (not likely though).
I might eat sashimi some day.
I might start drinking diet pop.
I might mow my yard some day.
I might do those things, but today I would say no. Some decisions are decisions that can evolve with a person - others are permanent and will not change.
How people come to permanent decisions that will never change is heavily influenced by the culture you grow up in. Sometimes positively, sometimes negatively. I will never get a tattoo. I didn't grow up around people who were passionate about tattoos and I had a fair amount of people in my life that I trusted that were opposed to all tattoos. This combination probably led to my permanent decision. The same is true of my following Christ.
I am not sure, but I would say my commitment to Kelly stems from seeing both what a committed marriage looks like in comparison to what a marriage that ends looks like.
Sometimes we are so affected by the results of other's decisions that it permanently causes us to choose a certain direction. The people we respect and trust can have a profound influence on the rest of your life. I know that Andrew is watching me and how I respond to things whether that be my fear of spiders or how I treat my wife - my actions and decisions have a profound influence on the rest of his life whether either of us realize it or not.
What decisions will not change?
What are you modeling for those who are influenced by you?