But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.
Joshua 24:15 NLT
The other day I was talking to a friend and told them, "You make it seem like I have no choice." Their response, "you always have a choice." And this is true! While the pressures of making our decisions may weigh heavy on us we always have the choice to do or not to do. Go or not to go. Love or not to love. Try or not to try. Keep or not to keep. Fight or not to fight. We just have to be ready for the consequence of whatever we choose, whether positive or negative.
Everyday we wake up we have choices to make. What we will wear, eat, do, serve etc. There are some days I wake up with intentions to serve God instead of idols (including myself) and I’m fairly successful. Then there are other days where I'll fail miserably during some portions of my day. On those days I’ve learned to be honest with myself, not beat me up, and take it moment by moment. In taking it moment by moment I literally check in with myself throughout the day and renew my decision of whom I want to serve, God or my flesh, to ensure that I’m on track. If I can be honest, I don’t always choose God even if I’m fully aware that I’m making the wrong choice. Not because I don’t love Him or don’t want to be obedient but because I’m human and I struggle at times. So when I do have those moments where I seek to serve flesh, I admit my mistake, ask for forgiveness, make my choice over again, and keep it pushing. (Guilt, shame, and condemnation used to be my best friends. Learning to press past my wrongs by leaning on His grace has been the most helpful part of growing my faith and causing me to choose God more frequently)
We have an option with each moment. We can choose to live for God or not. He doesn't force us He simply lays out what will happen if we do choose Him and if we don't. So if you're struggling in your choice (you may have certain areas all put together but it's that one thing that has you like ugh) take it moment by moment. If by chance your choice doesn't favor God at that point allow for a reroute to happen and try again.
This journey is a process filled with choices. Choose wisely today!
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Melanie N. Lee
I just REALLY love Jesus!!!
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