“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!”
Deuteronomy 30:19 NLT
I’ve been meaning to write for a few days now. Happy New Year!! With each new year we entertain the possibly of New Year’s resolutions: things we want to do differently, changes we want to make, goals we’d like to achieve. I write to encourage you to consider a new possibility: evaluating the choices you’ve made over the years to make a turn in the right direction going forward. Let’s be honest, we don’t like to consider that our choices have us in the places we are in. We get offended if someone tells us the truth in love — that our choices and the meter we gauge them by need to be adjusted.
The events of my life last year are now public knowledge. I got involved with a man, had sex and in the course of our involvement, I became pregnant. I went through my pregnancy without the support of that man and delivered my child. I made the choice to go forward with the pregnancy and have my child after much prayer, despite his lies. I chose to say no to that man’s requests for me to reconsider. I chose to look myself in the face in the mirror and own my faults and my need of God to bring me back from what I perceived to be the worst and lowest point of my life.
Sharing scriptures is something I do on my LifeInspiredByGod blog to tie things together…and it was fitting here to do it. People in general do not think about the long term ramifications of their choices. Especially in our "live in the moment" culture as of late, it’s easier to say yes to something now without thinking about how it will affect you later. So in light of having a child now, I have to, I mean I must think that way because everything I do now will affect him in some way. Dang. I just thought about how everything — from the food I eat to choosing to be active — affects him and me in some way. But such is life. So in all that…make sure the choices you make today, you can live with the consequences of them tomorrow, be it good or bad. As the scripture says, choose life!