Choices And Their Implications

CHOICES AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS

This blessing has fallen to me, that I have kept your precepts.  Psalm 119:56

The descent to depravity is a gradual one.  A series of bad choices, starting with what seems like small ones, ends up taking someone to ruin.  At the end of the trail, one shakes their head and wonders how they got there.  Choices.

The ascent to the abundant life is also a gradual one.  A series of godly choices, starting with what seems like small ones, ends up taking someone to blessing.  At the end of their life, they shake their head and marvel at God’s faithfulness.  Choices.

My husband’s sister, Betsy, is an example.  Her ‘daily choices’ led to an abundant and blessed life.  Not a stranger to tragedy, betrayal and everyday hardships, Betsy decided in her thirties not to be bitter, but to forgive.  This set her heart on a right course for life.  Her series of everyday choices came from a heart that was bent toward God and His promises.  Whether she taught a bible class, counseled missionaries via email, or made literally thousands of meals for people in need, all these felt like small steps at the time, I’m sure.  But in the end, they characterized greatness and a life well-lived.

Who benefited?  Betsy did.  Her faith was childlike; her favorite hymn, TRUST AND OBEY.  Her children and grandchildren did; they inherited golden shoes to wear.  Her extended family did; we are challenged by her legacy to finish our own lives well.  Her community did; they saw the face of Jesus over a lifetime and knew it.  Some will come to faith because of her.

The kingdom road is paved with many bricks; each one small, but laid one at a time by today’s choices.

Life is snuffed out in an instant.  I give you this day.  I commit the small bricks to You.

Amen

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