All day everyday I’m faced with choices. In the span of 24 hours they can range from the mundane to the profound. Everything from the time I wake up in the morning to what I eat for lunch to what I preach on Sunday morning. (Hopefully my sermons fall into the profound category.)
I’ve discovered that more often than not, freedom is a choice. Will I allow my circumstances or other people to control how I feel, what I think and how I react or will I choose how I feel, think and act? It’s true that my circumstances, the dynamics of my relationships or even temptation may make those choices more difficult but they’re still my choices.
I’ve heard John Paul Jackson say that when you choose for one thing, you choose against another, I agree with him. I’ve discovered that I really can’t serve two masters. I can’t serve the Lord and my soulish desires at the same time. I have to choose. Most days those choices are made moment by moment and situation by situation. Some days I choose wisely, some days I don’t. In chapter 24 of his book Joshua challenged the nation of Israel “…choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…” May my choice continually be the same as his “…as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”.
© Tom Zawacki 2006