Welcome again to this week's word for the week. I've learned over time on this journey that you can be whatever it is you choose to be. You can be someone who is sincere with God. You can be someone who could care less. You can be hot today and cold tomorrow. God gives you your own choice to make. I've said this before and I'll say it again, having the choice is not the problem. What choice will you make is.
You can choose to pray and you can choose not to. You can choose to study the word of God and you can choose not to. You can choose Christ or you can choose the world. Again, you have a freedom of choice. You also have consequences that come with choice. Lastly, your choices can have affect your eternity. We're not lost here so hang in there with me. There is a real point for this week and I won't need to be long.
In the book of Joshua we read that we are to choose this day. I need to remind you that the choice we need to make is one that is made daily. Everyday you must choose whom you will serve. You don't get the benefit of pleasing both. You can only choose one. You will either serve and love God or the enemy. Remember, you have a choice of which one you pick and you get to pick everyday. You can even change your choice but one will lead to life and the other will lead to death.
So here's where the blessing is. What if you didn't see yourself as having a choice? What if you made seeking God your choice? How many mistakes could you avoid if you did that? Everyone reading this would love to cut down on their mistakes in life. What if the only reason you make so many is because of your choice? What if you have the ability to choose but you keep choosing wrong? Where could you be if you truly asked God for His guidance in everything you do?
The point this week is simple but requires some thought and effort on your end. When is the last time you went back and looked at the choices you are making in your life? When is the last time you went back and just made sure the decisions you've made or need to make are in the will of God? We all want various things in life but never be frustrated when God tells you no. Don't be discouraged about what you may never have. There are times when you will see it's not for you. There will be others times you will truly think it is for you. The point is this. God is all knowing and as our creator He is also able to see what we cannot see. Don't let your freedom of choice cause you to miss seeking out God's choice!
May the Lord continue to bless and keep you in His grace,
Bishop Carlos J. Lennon