Much of life is about choice. Here in America, as other parts of the world, we fight for our right to choose every day. We are wiling to be killed to preserve our right to live as we wish and to worship who we choose. We will always elect freedom over bondage and allegiance over betrayal. We chose to be married or remain single, to have or not have children, to care for our aging parents or abandon them. The list goes on. We made these decisions because we believe we have the right — some would say God-given right — to do so. Webster defines choice as: the act of picking or deciding between two or more possibilities. Eleanor Roosevelt states, “One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes . . . and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.”
But what you may not see in dictionaries or brainy quotes, is that the first and most important choice was given to man the moment God says to our first ancestors, “You may
freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden—except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die” (Genesis 2:15-17). And we have been making our own choices ever since. And let us not forget that in some cultures certain rights are often denied, especially when it pertains to women and children. Nevertheless, the desire to choose will never die, although it may be an unsustainable hunger for many.
However, when it comes to making good or right choices, we often fall short. We chose misery over happiness, isolation over companionship, loneliness over love, politics over morality, and war over peace. We make decisions from a place of fear, or impulsively—without insight or thought of consequence. We form relationships without knowing the true nature of a person. We choose to abuse instead of nurture or tear down instead of affirm. We accept what others say about us instead of standing on who God say we are. We choose to stay in the wilderness instead of allowing it to strengthen and motivate us. We allow our past to dictate our present and future. But living life purposefully is making the decision daily to be fully who we were created to be, by discovering and utilizing our gifts and talents to lead a happy, productive and prosperous life in Christ.
As the year rapidly comes to a close, resolve daily to live a purposeful life. Choose not to tarry in the wilderness. Choose not to allow bitterness to engulf you. Choose to forgive. Choose to love. Choose to trust and invest in the people you love. Choose to give of yourself and live an abundant life. Remember this, Ruth chose to follow Naomi and she got the man of her dreams; Job chose to trust God and got double for his trouble; David chose to wait on God and he received the crown; Abraham chose to leave his comfort zone and travel to parts unknown with his family and he became the founder of the Jewish nation. As Joshua suggested, if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve (Joshua 24:14).
Much love. Many Blessings.