Thursday, September 29th, 2011
I call Heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.
Deuteronomy 30:19 (NKJV)
Every day we face hundreds of choices: what to wear, eat, say, and do--not to mention how, when, and with whom. We also choose how to react to people and circumstances. We barely consider minor decisions, but it's the small choices like shopping or media that can steal our time and energy.
If we believe small choices don't matter, we are gravely mistaken. Would you laugh if I said life and death hang on each small decision? Each choice leads us toward God or away from Him. And each choice affects more people than we know.
Take eating, for example. A long series of bad bites makes us fat, weak, or sick. 'That's my burden,' you may think. However, your fitness affects your family, friends, and future--therein your fruitfulness for God.
Media choices seem like small choices: harmless clicks, flicks, views, and keys. Wrong. They are not harmless and small becomes large. The average teen spends 31 hours online (cybersentinel.co.uk) each week--not counting television. Strangers are raising our children.
We realize major choices are pivotal--like marriage, career, moving, forgiveness, and especially God. But we may not realize these choices are arrows pointing toward life or death.
Some people laugh at the so-called 'drama' of life and death pronouncements; they look at decisions casually, if they look at them at all. Many avoid decisions. From apathy, procrastination, distraction, or fear, they cast 'no vote' on issues large and small.
But not choosing is also a choice. God doesn't recognize 'no vote' as an option.
When the Lord asked Job a question, Job opted out: 'What shall I answer You? I lay my hand over my mouth' (Job 40:4). The Lord's response? 'Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me' (Job 40:7).
Growing up in God requires us to recognize the importance of our choices and commit to making the right ones. To simplify the process, God reminds us we have only two: life and death.
Therefore, choose life. Every time.