I had my first and only toy when I was 9 years old, whereas even before their birth, my children had countless toys to choose from.
Growing up, my house had 1 bedroom and a sitting area, and now as an adult, when I want to rest, my house has multiple bedrooms, several sitting areas, many bathrooms and a spacious yard to choose from. As you can see, my choices have multiplied.
Around me, everyone has multiple options regarding everything. What do you want for breakfast? Where do you want to work? Where would you like to go for vacation? What do you want to do with your life? Which church would you like to attend? Who would you like to befriend?
Sometimes, I even feel paralyzed with the number of available options, nevertheless it is nice to have them, isn’t it?
All the more important that we are extremely careful with the choices we make.
Have you realized what a powerful position you’re in when you can make choices?
With the great late Stan Lee, I would agree that “with great power comes great responsibility”.
This privilege of making a choice is especially useful when we encounter fearful situations in our lives. In those particular instances, we have a choice in how to proceed when dealing with our fears. Has God brought about something in your life that has shocked you? Left you paralyzed and heart broken? Right here, choose to go to the only one who is able to care for your EVERY need. Remember Matthew 6:26, ” Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”
Our God loves it when His beloved children come to Him, especially when we are afraid. We are valuable to Him. Humbling ourselves and asking God to walk us through our trials declares to our soul and to the watching world that we are choosing our powerful, loving God over everything else. The truth is, our creator is able to bring us through the darkest trial. This is not an easy choice to make, but it is the right choice. In his book “A Grace Disguised’, Gerald Sittser writes, “It is this power to choose that adds dignity to our humanity and gives us the ability to transcend our circumstances, thus releasing us from living as mere victims.”
If you are in the position to make choices in the different areas of your life, first, thank God for such a stance in life!
Next, scrutinize how and what you are choosing to do with your resources, and this includes faith, time, money and friends, to name a few.
When you feel paralyzed because you don’t know what’s good to choose, ask God.
Did you know that He has given us the answer in Micah 6:8? “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”
Choose to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God.
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