Friday Focus 11.9.20

Friday Focus  11.9.20

Thanks to Hazel Munro  for today’s Friday Focus .

Choices

I have no expectation that I will ever become famous, so there was no need for me to worry about making this set of choices.  However, in a moment of quiet contemplation, I continued to give the matter some serious consideration.  What was my dilemma?  Answer – What choice of records, book and luxury would I take with me, if I were ever to be the guest castaway on Desert Island Discs.

We make choices every day in life: will I have bread or toast? will I walk or take the bus? These are straightforward decisions that will usually not affect anyone other than ourselves.  Other choices can be much bigger, often because they involve spending larger sums of money: buying a new car or moving to a new house. These types of decisions can be nerve-wracking but still they may not be the most important choices that we make in our lives.

Elenor Roosevelt once said “I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday.” 

The choices we make can have a major impact on the life we live, but often it is not the choices themselves that are the most important part. There is a quote that says: “You are free to make whatever choice you want, but you are not free from the consequences of the choice.”  Do we always stop to consider the consequences of our choices?

The Bible is full of stories about people making choices – sometimes good and sometimes bad. Yet no matter what, God blessed the people and delivered them from their choices. He continues to do that for us today, no doubt with the hope that we will learn from the decisions that we make.

In Proverbs chapter 16, verse 16 says: “How much better to get wisdom than gold, to chose understanding rather than silver.”  Perhaps we would all be a bit wiser if we took the time to consider the consequences of our choices and to understand the impact that those decisions have on the world around us.

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