Life is made up of a series of choices. From the moment we open our eyes each day, we must decide our every action, and when we do, we must live with the consequences of our choices.
Much of the time our choices seem to be on autopilot as we repeat established habits. Sometimes they are “gut reactions” resulting from pure emotion. When the choice is inconsequential, little harm usually results.
However, even our seemingly insignificant choices can ripple out to effect others. So, it is prudent to try to make all of our choices wisely.
To make wise decisions requires information. When considering our options it is wise to do our research into the possible outcomes, make a list of the pros and cons, and then prayerfully consider the choice as dispassionately as possible.
Once the choice is made, we must be prepared to accept the consequences of our decision.
While we may recognize our responsibility to accept the consequences of our own choices, but what about when the choices of others impact us? What about when we don’t like those choices? What is our responsibility then?
Our reaction to such a situation is also a choice. Perhaps the most important choice of all.
Choose this day whom you will serve.
“If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”Joshua 24:15 (NASB)