Monday, April 23, 2012
Monday Morning Devo: Choices
Most of us can recall times when we made the good choice, and most of us can remember times when we did not. Too many times, I chose the easy way, the path I wanted, the less painful or troublesome street. My own way. Even at the expense of those I loved. Choices I still regret after many years.
This week you will have a lot of choices to make. Some of them could be no-brainer choices, like "Should I have a mocha or a latte?"
Some of you will face hard choices. Choices in ethics, perhaps. A choice that could have you following the wrong leader or the right one. A decision that could affect the rest of your life.
Should you choose pleasure or pain? Sounds like an easy decision, but it's not, is it? There are times when the most painful choice is the right one. One that will allow you to live in peace with God and yourself.
Should you choose the path just the other side of legal or the pathway Jesus would take? Jesus never said His way would be easy. Be strong and courageous.
Do you use a harsh word or a soft one? There is the rare occasion when a harsh word is necessary--but not usually. Usually there are two ways you can tell a person the same truth--bluntly or with kindness. Which one do you think the other person will listen to?
Who will you listen to? Which way will you go?
Please bless Your servants today. We don't have the courage without You to make hard choices. We can't find the right path without You to light the way. We need You to fill our mouths with the words You would say. Help us this week, Lord. Thank You, dearest Lord Jesus.