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Every Friday I join a community of bloggers for Five Minute Friday. One word prompt, five minutes. Unedited. The prompt this week is … Choice.

According to my search, the average human makes about 35,000 choices a day. I knew we made quite a few, but didn’t expect it to that many.

Choices’ can be defined as a variety of options or alternatives. While I do enjoy knowing my choices, I do not enjoy choosing. It’s often easier to be told what to do than to actually make the choice. It eliminates the chance of making a mistake.

Here’s the thing about having choices – we seem to think we have the ability to make the right choice all the time.

Think about it. Adam and Eve were the first to have choices.

God placed them in the Garden of Eden, lush with every sort of vegetation and trees. He told them they could eat anything they desired except they they could not eat from one tree – the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

God even told them what would happen should they eat from it, “You will surely die”. God did not leave anything to their imaginations. He told them very specifically the outcome would not be to their advantage.

They had plenty from which to choose. The serpent cast doubt, tempted them, and they made the wrong choice.

Something happens to us when we have choices to make. We begin to think we have the right to the choice we have made. We begin to think God must honor our choice and bless it. We overlook the truth that we must make the right choice to obey, honor, and bless Him.

“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might life! You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life. And if you love and obey the Lord, you will live long in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” (Deuteronomy 30:19-20, NLT)

He says this is key to our lives. It may all come down to this:

When given a choice
may there be no option, no alternative,
always choose Jesus, only Him.


** After writing this post, I remembered a song shared with me yesterday. I love when God works this way, going before us, provoking us to think more deeply about Him.

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