The Journey Continues: Making Choices Part One
On my journey, I have been thinking about making choices. This subject will be addressed today and next week in part two of this column.
The Apostle Paul speaks to making choices.
“I do not understand what I do, for what I want to do, I do not do; but what I hate, I do… Who will rescue me? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!”
Romans 7:15 & 24
On my journey, I am constantly making choices – right and wrong. I am often hitting the “reset button,” praying “Lord help me, forgive me and show me the right path for my journey.”
I appreciate what Robert Ord L. Morrow wrote years ago, in "The Sword of The Lord" newspaper: “When God made us, He put within us the power to choose. The year may be filled with strange or wonderful events, but it is certain that our choices will inevitability decide what the year will mean to us…. We live by choosing. It is a daily chore or delight; it is as normal as breathing. God not only gave us the power to choose, He also placed us in an environment where we must choose…. What choice will we make this coming year? Will we let another year go by, doing and being like everyone around us? Or will we choose to set some new goals, to take some new ground and to work with renewed vigor?"
Choosing forms change. Habits hold us in their grip, so we must choose wisely. Habits in time form character; and character is what we are, the final result of what we have chosen.
My wife, Judy, recalled that in the sixth grade in Rotan, Texas, all students were tasked to memorize the following: “Habit is a cable, we weave a strand each day until at last it is so strong, we cannot break it.”
Habits hold us.
In the Bible, one of the first things that Joshua did as the leader of Israel was to call the people to a choice because some were still stupidly carrying with them some of the old gods of Egypt (Joshua 24:14) – it was time for some strong choosing. He confronted them. His words have become a poplar gift shop purchase for Christians to hang by their doorways:
“If it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
As human beings, we need to think and pray over the outcome of our personal choices. Next week, we will continue looking at the “hard over easy” that Jesus taught.