I Choose….

I love going into a fabric store. I could literally spend hours there. I especially love it when I am looking for specific fabric that I want to use in a quilt. In a good store there can be hundreds of fabrics to choose from. Making these choices brings out a feeling of creativity that just satisfies something within me.

Choice; it is good thing. It is good to have options … but the ability to choose does not necessarily result in joy. Because, it can also be anxiety producing. When our son was about 6 he was given $1.00 to spend. Kevin soon found himself caught up in a real dilemma because there were too many choices and he just could not make up his mind.  He left that store empty handed (we did have to go back and he finally was able to make a choice. For many, like Kevin, there is the concern that the wrong choice will be made. Fear of making the wrong choice is very real in this day and age particularly as  there are so many competing voices telling us what we should do and what we should want.

Joshua confronted this head on: “choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve.” (Joshua 24:24)  In this passage of Joshua, verses 14-24, we find that Joshua  was direct and forthright in his challenge to the people. Their response was one that should have pleased his heart. But he understood that ‘lip service’ in the moment or going along with the crowd is easy — so he further challenged them: “You are not able to serve the Lord.” He wanted them to fully understand the ramifications of their decision, their choice.

Whether large or small, our choices have consequences that we often cannot foresee. In our first appointment I left the office to run a quick errand at a local strip mall.  I made a wrong turn and soon realized that I was in Wendy’s neighborhood.  Wendy was a Women’s Ministry member who I realized had not attended for a couple of weeks.  Since I was already in her neighborhood I decided to drop by for a visit.  As I pulled up to her house there was a small moving van at the curb. As I walked up the drive I found Wendy just inside the garage.  As soon as she saw me she came into my arms and begin to tell me that her husband was leaving her. I’ve often thought about that day and wondered at a wrong turn and a simple decision to make an impromptu visit. The ramifications of the choice I made that day resulted in consequences that I could never have foreseen. But the Spirit nudged me and pushed me until I was going in the right direction—till I made the right choice. O, Lord, keep me sensitive to Your presence and keep my ear attuned to Your voice, so that when confronted with even a simple choice, I will choose rightly.

I leave you with the following reading from Max Lucado, When God Whispers Your Name. 

“As each day begins we are confronted with choices; there will be decisions that need to be made, deadlines that need to be met; and the calm solitude of the morning will be replaced by the pounding pace of the day.

For the next few hours we will be exposed to the day’s demands. It is now that choices need to be made. Because of Calvary, I am free to choose. And so I choose.

I Choose Love….

No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness. I choose love. Today I will love God and what God loves.

I Choose Joy…

I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical…the tool of the lazy thinker. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God.

I Choose Peace…

I will live forgiven. I will forgive so that I may live.

I Choose patience…

I will overlook the inconveniences of the world. Instead of cursing the one who takes my place, I’ll invite him to do so. Rather than complain that the wait is too long, I will thank God for a moment to pray. Instead of clinching my fist at new assignments, I will face them with joy and courage.

I Choose Kindness…

I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone. Kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind, for such is how God has treated me.

I Choose Goodness…

I will go without a dollar before I take a dishonest one. I will be overlooked before I will boast. I will confess before I will accuse. I choose goodness.

I Choose faithfulness…

Today I will keep my promises. My debtors will not regret their trust. My associates will not question my word. My spouse will not question my love. And my children will never fear that I will not be there for them.

I Choose Gentleness…

Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I raise my voice, my it be only in prayer. If I make a demand, may it be only of myself.

I Choose Self-Control…

I am a spiritual being… After this body is dead, my spirit will soar. I refuse to let what will rot, rule the eternal. I choose self-control. I will be drunk only by joy. I will be impassioned only by my faith. I will be influenced only by God. I will be taught only by Christ. I choose self-control.

“To these I commit my day. If I succeed, I will give thanks. If I fail, I will seek his grace. And then, when this day is done, I will place my head on my pillow and rest.”


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