DayBreaks for 5/01/20: The Power of Choosing
From the DayBreaks archive, April 2010:
Do you prefer chocolate or vanilla? Steak or lobster? Salad or dessert? Red or blue? Which Scripture translation do you choose to use? Where will you go on your vacation?
Choices are everywhere – we literally make thousands of them every single day, many without even really giving them much thought. At some point during the day today you probably got up from your work and went to get a drink of water or a can of soda or cup of coffee without taxing your brain over the decision. There’s nothing wrong with that…it is how God designed us. The only possible danger with it is that we can get that “non-thinking” mode of decision making about unimportant things and start using it on things that matter, too.
The decisions you make have tremendous power to affect not only you, but others. The power of the choices we make was well described by C.S. Lewis in his book, Mere Christianity, when he wrote: “Every time you make a choice you are turning the central part of you, the part of you that chooses, into something a little different from what it was before. And taking your life as a whole, with all your innumerable choices, all your life long you are slowly turning this central thing either into a heavenly creature or into a hellish creature: either into a creature that is in harmony with God, and with other creatures, and with itself, or else into one that is in a state of war and hatred with God, and with its fellow-creatures, and with itself. To be the one kind of creature is heaven: that is, it is joy and peace and knowledge and power. To be the other means madness, horror, idiocy, rage, impotence, and eternal loneliness. Each of us at each moment is progressing to one state or the other.”
It is high time that we all start to think more critically about many things in life. Ethical issues, moral issues, matters of faith and matters pertaining to how we raise our kids and treat our spouses. It is easy after many years of marriage to slip into non-thinking modes of acting and choosing that are not conducive to stronger, better relationships.
The choices we make will shape us, define us, and in the end, turn us into either an instrument in the hands of God or Satan. What will you choose? Choose carefully.
PRAYER: Help us to make choices that allow You to do the work of turning us into heavenly creatures and not hellish ones. Let us choose to be in harmony with You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2020, Galen C. Dalrymple.