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Which Should I Choose?

How many decisions do you make in a day’s time?  In an hour?  In a matter of minutes?  It would likely astound us if we had a way for our brain to keep track of every decision that we make daily.  From the moment we rise to start the day, we are faced with choices.  Which cup to use for coffee… which cereal…. which bowl… what to eat with the cereal…. Will I drink juice?  Amazing how we are choosing constantly, and we do it so frequently and sometimes with the same patterns that we almost do it without thinking. 

Choices are not always so simple.  Choosing a life’s mate… choosing which job offer… choosing which house to buy…  all of those have longer term consequences. Therefore, we take more time before making the choice. Some choices are harder because of the selection of options all of which are desirable. For example, having to choose which dessert to eat at a restaurant.  Sometimes choices are very difficult.  Being asked by a physician if “mom” wanted to be resuscitated…. Even though you know the answer, it is hard to vocalize when the time comes.

One decision every person must make in life is what to do regarding one’s eternal destiny. As is too often true, many people choose “not to choose”. They don’t want to think about it and have convinced themselves that choosing to press on “living by sight” and having no faith in the Lord will result in an eternity of peace and joy.  How very mistaken one would be to make that choice! It takes great boldness, surrender, and faith to follow Jesus, but the rewards are “out of this world”!

Matthew 7:13-14  – Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

Proverbs 14:12There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.

Deuteronomy 30:19 – I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore, choose life…

An Arab chief tells a story of a spy who was captured and then sentenced to death by a general in the Persian army. This general had the strange custom of giving condemned criminals a choice between the firing squad and the big, black door. As the moment for execution drew near, the spy was brought to the Persian general, who asked the question, “What will it be: the firing squad or the big, black door?”

The spy hesitated for a long time. It was a difficult decision. He chose the firing squad.

Moments later shots rang out confirming his execution. The general turned to his aide and said, “They always prefer the known way to the unknown. It is characteristic of people to be afraid of the undefined. Yet, we gave him a choice.”

The aide said, “What lies beyond the big door?”

“Freedom,” replied the general. “I’ve known only a few brave enough to take it.” (Copied).