It was decision time at the library. Explosions of noise shattered my morning of quiet study. Two kids…teen and a tweener, by the looks of them…were having a brotherly discussion over which movies to check out. And by brotherly I mean loud, sometimes argumentative, and did I say loud? Laughter mixed with the debate, which didn’t help the volume issue. Decision time indeed.
Would I get angry at the intrusion? Would my morning indeed be ruined? What mood would this leave me in? Would I appreciate the fact the brothers were in the library? How about the brotherly affection visible even when they didn’t agree…would that leave a mark on me? What would I decide? What choice would I make?
I’ve written about choice many times before. You’d think I would get it, even if nobody else did. But still, day after day, event after event…the concept of it being my choice fails me. I knee-jerk to letting others “make” me…frustrated, or angry, or stressed, or feeling hurt, or – and the list goes on. I can choose to think on things above…or let the things of this world blind me to Truth.
There is no cruise control in the Christian walk. There is constant effort…not to earn anything from God, but we are to strive to enter the rest (Hebrews 4:11), run the race with endurance (Hebrews 12:1), we are not to grow weary in doing good (Galatians 6:9). Each day is filled with choices…and often they boil down to follow Him or follow the world. We try to blame others for our problems, and others do contribute to the things that befall us…but others do not control our reaction to such things.
Fear, stress, frustration…choosing those things is to choose false gods.
Enduring in the face of those choices…choosing joy…seems to be the God thing to do. James 1:2-3 tells us to consider it PURE joy when we face trials (choices) because such testing produces endurance. Romans 5:1-5 also speaks to this…rejoicing in our sufferings (choice), knowing that suffering produces endurance, endurance produces character, character produces hope, and hope does not lead us to shame.
Choice…choose…choose joy, choose to follow Him, choose to endure, choose to rejoice, choose to trust…choose…choice…perspective.
“Now therefore fear the LORD and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:14-15 ESV)