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Choices

Choices

Sometimes circumstances in our lives make us feel as if we are trapped  with no escape.  No iron bars hold us, no chains are locked around us, no doors imprison us, yet we feel and act as if we are surrounded by armed guards whose sole purpose is to keep us right where we are.  Notwithstanding the difficulties we face, we are not helpless!

I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done.”  (Psalm 118:17)

We have options.  We can decide to live in an entirely different way.  It’s simple really, but no one can do it for us.  We can continue to allow these make believe, illusory walls and limitations, define who we are and how we live or we can use our God given wills and decide to walk in the freedom of the children of God.  It’s entirely up to us.

… I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live … ” (Deuteronomy 30: 19)

We often forget how much power we have in the choices we make.  We are not required nor expected to live life according to the idea that “what will be will be”.  Meaningful living requires choosing on our part.  We are not free to just accept whatever comes our way.  The Lord sets a choice before us:  we can choose life and blessings or death and curses.  If you feel like your life is going nowhere fast and you just can’t catch a break, maybe you need to choose something else.  We cannot ignore this issue; not to choose is to make the wrong choice.

A lot more is at stake here than just our personal happiness, though that, in of itself is enough to make it worthwhile.  When we choose life and blessings, we do so not only for ourselves but also for our descendants, our families and our friends.  Choosing life and blessings releases a stream that will flow down to those who follow us and will refresh those around us.  The choices we make really do matter.

We are surrounded by enemies and we are engaged in a spiritual battle.  The Lord promises to fight for us, but we must also choose to fight for ourselves and for those who depend on us.

Certainly, we face real challenges.  We need faith to believe that God will give us whatever we need in the present moment to overcome our current difficulties.  We also need hope to believe that the choices we make today will mean real change in our lives over time.  Finally, we need love to sustain us in our pursuit of life and blessings.

Photograph compliments of Jim Begley

 

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  1. Dave Steele says:

    The “Last Freedom” – to choose how we respond to any and all circumstance, is the choice pregnant with grace. Viktor Frankl’s, “Man’s Search for Meaning” is a profound account that illustrates like no other what you’ve expressed in your blog.

    • Your comment (Frankl’s comment) reminds me of the scripture: “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in/of the Son of God …” This is precisely where we reign through him. It is in that freedom where we live as kings and queens.

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