Monday, August 1, 2011

The choices we make

Imagine walking down a path in the woods. You come across a fork in the road and have to choose which way to go. Neither option allows you to see the road ahead, so you have choose one by it's appearance or by stepping out on faith. Either way, you make a choice.

After choosing a path, you continue on through the woods. Soon you come across another fork in the road. Just as before, the path does not reveal its' destination. You have to make a decision without knowing the outcome. Once again you make a choice.

Throughout your walk you face the fork in the road time and time again. Each scenario is the same, the road does not reveal it's destination. Each time you make a choice. Now imagine that you stop walking for a moment and take a look around. Are you where you thought you would be?

Several times a day we're faced with forks in the road. We are forced to choose option A or option B. One option is usually better for us while the other may be temporarily more appealing. Each choice leads us down a path that presents even more choices. Depending on your choices, you may quickly find yourself off course.

Let's put this in the real world for a moment. Let's say you go out to lunch with some friends. You enjoy a light meal but still feel a little hungry. Someone suggests getting dessert.

Choice #1 – do I order dessert?

Everyone else is excited about having such a rare treat so you decide to have dessert too. As you scan the dessert menu your eyes fall on a description of the most decadent chocolate cake. It sounds so warm and gooey your mouth begins to water. There are other options like angel food cake with fruit or key lime pie but you really want the cake.

Choice #2 – do I order the chocolate cake?

Yes you do. You figure if you're going to treat yourself than it should be something you really like.
Later that afternoon you're scheduled to go to a class at the gym. Your stomach is still full from all the rich food and now you don't feel like going.

Choice #3 – do I go to the gym?

And so on and so on... Am I saying that one little indulgence will lead you to down a path of gluttony and laziness? Of course not! This just shows a practical example of the point I'm making. One choice leads to another.

I recently made a string of choices that I'm not very proud of. Choosing to skip my quiet time with God opened the door for me to fall into an old sin pattern. Needless to say, I didn't bring God any glory and found myself stuck deep into the woods. Believer, don't fool yourself to think you're not just a few choices away from your old self. Thankfully, we have a loving God who forgives and restores. Praise God.

Have you been making some choices you regret? Are you maybe not where you hoped you would be?Confess it to God. Ask for His forgiveness and help. He will open doors and lead you back to the path He has for you...

Be blessed,
Jennifer

“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13

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