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|Choose Life (standard:other, 540 words)|
|Author: Marsha||Added: Apr 08 2002||Views/Reads: 2045/1||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|We are constantly making choices, often without consciously being aware of them.|
CHOOSE LIFE by Marsha Jordan We are constantly making choices, often without consciously realizing it. One of my favorite Bible verses begins with these three words: "Choose for yourselves." (Joshua 24:15) Actually, You and I have just one basic choice to make in life and that is between right and wrong. This core choice will determine all other choices for us. When we choose between right and wrong, we're making a multitude of other choices at the same time. We are choosing which results we want in our lives -- either happy blessings or not-so-happy consequences. A good choice can result in a peaceful, contented life or a life of trouble and sorrow. Ultimately, our choice between right or wrong is a choice of either eternal life with God or eternal separation from Him . At the ripe old age of 120, Moses realized he wouldn't live much longer, so he gathered the people of Israel and instructed them on how to live after he was gone. In Deuteronomy, chapter 30, he reminded them that God had always provided for and guided them. He recalled many commands of God, urging all to obey them. He explained that choosing God brings fulfillment, blessings, and life; but choosing against God brings only emptiness, pain, and death. Verse 19 relates how God rejoices when people turn to Him with their whole heart and obey Him. In verse 15, Moses concluded with these words: "I set before you today life and good, death and evil. I command you to love the Lord and walk in His ways . . . and the Lord will bless you . . ." Then in verse 19, Moses summed it all up saying, "Love the Lord and obey His voice. Cling to Him, He IS your life." And here's the part I love the best: " I have set before you today life and death, CHOOSE LIFE!" Who, if they had the chance, wouldn't choose life over death? Yet, we unwittingly make choices that lead us down the path to "deathly" consequences. How, exactly, do we "choose life?" You don't have to be an anti-abortion activist to choose life. You need only to DANCE: D etermine to know God better (read the Bible) A llow Him to have control of your life (give up your own ideas and desires) N ever stop learning what He desires for you C hoose to follow His plan (trust that He knows best) E xpress your love and gratitude for Him through obedience (do what He asks of you) To choose life, we need to live by God's guidelines. I need frequent reminders, so I read the Bible often and memorize verses. (Deuteronomy 31:6 is a good one for starters). The more our minds are filled with God's words, the more they will influence our thoughts, decisions, actions, and choices. As we travel through life, I pray that we'll all make the right choices. Choose God over the world. Choose the Bible over Miss Cleo. Choose giving over striving to get. Choose forgiveness and love over bitterness and hate. Choose truth, love, and light. Jesus said, "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life." (John 14:6) Choose Jesus. Choose LIFE! ####### Tweet
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