I was jogging along this morning,
got to the end of a sidewalk where it forked two ways,
and I came across this:
Hmmm….. Which would YOU choose? Seems pretty obvious. Unfortunately my house was in the direction of the “worst” choise. I wasn’t about to run the long way to get back home so I went right.
It made me think about choises, large and small, that we make throughout our lifetimes.
Selflessness < YOUR CHOISE > Selfishness
Soft Answer < YOUR CHOISE > Harsh Words
Listening Much < YOUR CHOISE > Talking Much About Myself
Disunity < YOUR CHOISE > Unity
Love < YOUR CHOISE > Hate
Truth < YOUR CHOISE > Lie
React < YOUR CHOISE > Respond
Violence < YOUR CHOISE > Peace
Addiction < YOUR CHOISE > Freedom
Give < YOUR CHOISE > Hoard
Cheerfulness < YOUR CHOISE > Negativity
And the list goes on and on.
I have definitely made my share of wrong choises. Some that I seriously regret, but can’t take back. Every one of us has.
Throughout this blog, I deliberately spelled “choice” with an “s” just like our young chalk artist. Spelling it the wrong way on purpose reminds me of how we all make deliberate wrong choices.
Deliberate AND wrong — those are the “worst” choices.
I know better and I choose wrongly.
Praise God, love covers over a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8), but when I do make the wrong choices, and it’s usually because of self, there is strain, relational scars, and consequences.
But here’s a choice that has ETERNAL consequences:
Love God < YOUR CHOICE > Reject God
If you love God and you believe Him when He says Jesus is the only way to the Father (1 John 14:6), then you make that choice to believe and follow.
The choice is simple, yet SO profound.
I made the choice to be blunt, because it’s important.
Lord, help us make right choices. Give us discernment and a grounded sense of right and wrong
from your Word and Your Spirit.
– Susie Stewart
Your Word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
Photo taken by Susie Stewart