I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live. (Deut. 30:19)
Today I have been reminded how fortunate I am – and how powerful choice is.
Life, marriage, relationships – all require a choice.
…a choice to love (even when it’s hard,)
…a choice to serve another (and not yourself,)
…a choice to respect the process (especially when it’s a slow one,)
…a choice to share the bad along with the good (we all have both in us,)
… and a choice to see the good around you (it’s a matter of perspective,)
…a choice to walk by faith (and not by sight.)
…a choice to live in gratitude (even while walking through a valley.)
There are people around the world who have had the privilege to live life in freedom stripped from them. They are not allowed the opportunity to marry whom they choose, or work where they want to. Many folks cannot speak freely without fear of imprisonment or death, yet they choose to rise above it and courageously live in joy and not bitterness.
Choice. A tiny, but life-altering, word.
I pray to be reminded swiftly if I should begin to see this game-changer as anything less than a blessed gift.
May my choices have the purpose of Christ behind them,
be infused with surrender to His will,
and sparked by servant-hearted motives.
Oh, that I would always choose life, as the Scripture encourages me to do.