Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Choices

Everything is a choice.

If we say, "I'll decide later", we have made a choice.
If we say, "I'm not responsible for the hungry", we have made a choice.
If we say, "I don't care about sin if it doesn't touch me", we have made a choice.

Choices are not something we can control; they are as much of our life as breathing in and out.



What if we could choose to be anyone we wanted to be?

It could be Miss America, with outward beauty, crowns, boardwalks, people cheering as you pass, children begging for your name for their autograph collection.

It could be sports star, with strength, money, fame, people clustering near the front of the crowd to get a glimpse of you, children clamoring for something you have touched, wearing your face on their bodies, your name on their shoes.

Another choice would be a media star, with salaries in nine digits, thinking you are your own god with your own rules, with subjects who worship you.

It might be a pastor, who follows God's call to a growing church with little financial means, staying faithful when it looks hopeless to the world.

It could be your grandmother who stayed home and raised her children in godliness, okay with last year's fashions and clipping coupons.

What if it were Mother Teresa? Would you choose to walk in dirty alleys, tending decaying flesh and giving last drinks of water? Could you fight rats for morsels of food?

What we think are very small choices can change a life, can cause another to grow or stumble. Sometimes, just one word spoken in kindness can change a person's outlook for the day, for the year, for eternity.

We get to decide if what we desire most is instant gratification, or seeking God's pleasure for rewards unseen.

'Martha, Martha,' the Lord answered, 'you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has CHOSEN what is better, and it will not be taken from her.' Luke 10:41