Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Facing Choices

Every day we face choices of one sort or another. It's what we do with those choices that determine who we are, our character, who or what we serve, etc. I have been reminded about choices lately with the emails that shows up in my spam folder. Our email system automatically puts most things that have all of those weird topics in a spam folder. So all you have to do is click into the spam box and then select all and delete without ever seeing the emails. I love it.

Here lately even the subject matter or the sender information has just about blinded me with it's content. It's really disturbing. These are not things I have solicited, they just show up. Even though I choose not to speak the things I see, my eyes still have to see it to delete it. It has really gotten me to thinking about easily Satan can penetrate our lives and thoughts, even when we don't solicit it.

For me, those types of emails are no temptation whatsoever. But for others, I know they are. And you have to make a choice in that one split second when you see it to either click delete or open. How many other areas of our lives is Satan throwing things in our path. Maybe the shows we watch, the books we read, the movies we see, etc. Satan can throw little things in that you never see coming. Even things like knowing you are getting back to much change, but not giving it back. Someone treats us badly and how do we respond? Do we respond back badly or do we show them Jesus. Everything Satan throws at us is not going to always be obvious. Some of it is little things we don't really thing about, but suddenly we are make a choice.

We make choices every day in our lives. The big choices we usually think and pray more about. You feel like you have time to contemplate those choices. But what about the choices we have to make in a split second? Are we living our lives in such a way that those choices will be easy to make? I'm not saying that every choice will be easy or even that we will always make the right choice, but I believe that how we make the little choices says a lot more about who we are and who or what we serve than the big choices do. We have time to think about and pray about the big ones, but the little ones tell us where are heart really is.

The choices we make when no one is looking are the most important choices we make. Because those are the choices that say who we really are and who or what we really serve. It's all about making choices. What kind of choices are we making?

"Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD." Joshua 24:14-15



Shannon said...


Excellent thoughts concerning the choices we make. You are so right about how Satan attacks us and often we have just a split second to react to his attack. I heard someone say before that our character is determined by what we do when no one is looking. The choices we make in private and public really demonstrate to people everything they need to know about whom we serve and us. I look forward to seeing you and Chris next week. Love you!

Neva said...

I found you via Trey Morgan's blog a few weeks ago and have been stopping by frequently. I get the same kinds of emails and even as I delete them I ask God to purge their memory from my brain --you cant unsee what you have seen or unhear what you have heard--I think that is why God tells us what to fill our brains with. If our minds are filled with whatsoever thins are noble, pure, etc. perhaps we will find we have no room for the other.
GOod post

jenny biz said...

I am with you, Liz! Almost every minute Satan is attacking and we are faced to make a choice of who we are going to follow! Thanks for your thoughts!

Danna said...

I agree completely. I have always thought this way, however having children that repeat everything you say and take in everything they hear, I am aware of it even more. We must be responsible of the choices that we make. We need to place God at the center of every choice. I pray that my children will learn that choices are very important to our spirit and our heart. Thank you for sharing, I needed it today.

Terry Rush said...

I hope you'll make it a point to hug me big when in Tulsa next week. It is a choice...and, of course, I vote yes!

I love you today!

Liz Moore said...

Terry, I have a big hug for you at the top of my to do list for the workshop :) It's a choice I will gladly make!