The Life We Choose

Here’s the premise:

We are all, right now, living the life we choose.
This choice, of course, is not a single, monumental choice.

No one decides, for example, “I’m going to move to L.A., and in five years I will be a waiter in a so-so restaurant, planning to get my 8-by-10’s done real soon so that I can find an agent and become a star,” or “I’m going to marry a dreadful person and we’ll live together in a loveless marriage, staying together only for the kids, who I don’t much like, either.”

No. The choices I’m talking about here are made daily, hourly, moment by moment.

Do we try something new, or stick to the tried-and-true?
Do we take a risk, or eat what’s already on our dish?
Do we ponder a thrilling adventure, or contemplate what’s on TV?
Do we walk over and meet that interesting stranger, or do we play it safe?
Do we indulge our heart, or cater to our fear?

The bottom-line question: Do we pursue what we want, or do we do what’s comfortable?

For the most part, most people most often choose comfort –
the familiar, the time-honored, the well-worn but well-known.

After a lifetime of choosing between comfort and risk,
we are left with the life we currently have.

And it was all of our own choosing.
Peter McWilliams, Do It! Let’s Get Off Our Buts

Deuteronomy 10:15
Only the LORD had a delight in thy fathers to love them, and he chose their seed after them, even you above all people, as it is this day.

What a precious assurance, God chose…you.

Joshua 24:14-15
Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

If you can, read chapter 24, Joshua rehearses God’s leading of the children of Israel step by step to the place they were and then presents them with this choice. Whom will you serve?

Trust God for your Day, Today.

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About Margaret

Just a girl going through this life, one step at a time.
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