We all make a thousand choices everyday. Coffee or Juice? Toast or cereal? Read the Bible or not? Leave on time or run late? Drive the speed limit or not? Fast food or cook at home? Fold the laundry or leave it in the basket? Watch TV or read? Lose patience with the kids or practice self-control?
What about the choices that we make that aren't so clear cut? Have you ever heard someone say, "I had no choice" or "I didn't choose this" ? Sometimes that's true but many times it's just an excuse we use when we don't want to take responsibility for our actions.
In our house we hear lots of "but he was annoying me"; or "sorry, I lost track of time"; or my favorite "I was going to but I forgot". We address those statements with the explanation that we have a choice. We choose how we react to others who irritate or annoy us. We also choose whether we will be responsible and do what is expected of us. We choose whether we will be a person of honor and integrity.
In every aspect of our lives we are faced with a choice. The choice may not be easy or painless, but we have a choice. When we choose to keep silent about babies being murdered we have their blood on our hands. When we choose to say that the definition of marriage doesn't affect us then we attack the institution of marriage as God created it. When we choose to drink alcohol, we choose to have our witness affected.
When we choose to ignore the poor and needy then we choose to ignore Christ. When we choose to worry about circumstances in our lives we insult the power of God in our life. When we choose to ignore what God is calling us to do then we choose to be replaced by someone else who's willing to complete the task.
When we choose to praise God through illness or the death of a loved one we're choosing to have faith in the sovereignty of God. When we choose to love those who ridicule or hate us, we're choosing to be like Christ. When we make the choice to give up our rights, die to ourselves each day and put Christ first then every other choice that we make will be made for God's glory.
Have you ever thought about how your choices will impact those in your circle of influence? As followers of Christ, we must always remember that the choices we make will do one of two things. They will point others to Christ or lead others away from Christ.
What influence will the choices you make have today?
I am a Christian, a wife, a mom, a VBS crafter, a coupon clipper, a thrift store shopper, a football fan, a cook, a student of the Bible and an avid reader.