Choices are ours to make each day. There are small ones like what we will have for breakfast and big ones such as whether to change jobs. Big or small they may sometimes appear wrong yet they can take us to the right places.
“Choices are the hinges of destiny.” Edwin Markham, Poet Laureate of Oregon 1923 to 1931
Choices made on the courts and fields of athletics are both big and small. Which socks to wear is rather small but which sport to focus on is a seriously big decision. A sport choice made on skill and ability alone can become a questionable choice when performance fails. However, with the proper encouragement and leadership from a committed coach, the love for the sport can surpass an athlete’s skill and ability leading to a deep interest and true commitment to that chosen sport…the right place!
God’s chosen people, the Israelites, were destined to make wrong choices as they were led out of captivity and on to the land God had promised them. One day they were given a history lesson by Joshua, their leader. He reminded them of their ups and downs in trusting and following God’s directives…their wrong choices. He then offers them the ultimate choice …
…choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve… as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15 NIV
Realizing their wrong choices brought them to a point of reckoning…the right place for them to be. They then responded to Joshua saying…
“We will serve the Lord our God and obey him.” Joshua 24:24 NIV
Despite all the wrong choices the right place was reached – the promised land.
When in the throes of a wrong or questionable choice, turn to Jesus, THE ULTIMATE CHOICE. Just as his Father led the wondering Israelites, he offers his Holy Spirit to guide and direct us to the right places.
PRAYER: Please lead me to the right place, LORD GOD, even through my wrong choices. You are my ULTIMATE CHOICE … I put my trust in you. In Your Son’s Name I pray, Amen.
WRONG CHOICES? GO TO THE RIGHT PLACE…JESUS!
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