In the United States we just finished an election cycle. In our democratic society we are privileged with the ability to vote for amendments to the law, levies, and elected officials. This requires the voter to educate themselves on the issues and make a choice. A choice is the act of selecting or making a decision when faced with two or more possibilities and is the final product, judgement or verdict determining the outcome.
Psychology Today advises that an adult person makes approximately 35,000 choices per day (in waking hours). With the assumption that one sleeps around 7 hours a night, that’s 2,000 decisions per hour and 1 decision every two seconds. Before you get out of the bed in the morning a decision may be made to hit the snooze button, pull the covers over your head, thank the Lord for waking you up, re-adjust your pillow, hug your spouse, pick up your cell phone, turn on your television or radio, check the weather, determine what you’re going to wear, if you’re going to take a bath or shower, what perfume you’ll put on, what you’ll pack for breakfast, what you’ll eat for lunch, and a host of other choices. There’s no end to the choices you will make in your life. In fact, you are currently deciding if you wish to continue reading this blog post or turn your attention to something else.
In Deuteronomy 30 after laying out all of the blessings and curses to the children of Israel Moses advised them “I have set before you life and death, blessings and cursing; therefore choose life, that both thee and thy seed may live.”
Every day the choice of life and death is set before us. Obviously if you wake up, life in the literal sense has been predestined; however how you live your life is up to you! In John 10:10b Jesus tells us that he came that we might have a more abundant life. The work of Jesus is finish on the earth which means that an abundant life has, since then, been a viable option.
It is our heavenly Father’s desire that we engage in activities that provide many rich experiences and profuse blissfulness. Simply put, he desires us to live in and with pleasure, delight and satisfaction! But, He leaves that up to us.
Somewhere in the 35,000 choices we make each day, should be decisions to accept the abundant life that’s been acquired for us and to retain that life. This includes choosing to “delight thyself also in the LORD” and to “commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him” Psalms 37:4-5. Choosing to delight and commit brings provisions to sojourn in the realm of abundance. Deciding to not walk in the counsel of the ungodly, and not stand in the way of sinners, and not sit in the seat of the disrespectful; but to delight in God’s instructions for living makes one steady, stable, sturdy and successful. Psalms 1:1-3 KJV
Making a choice in the course of the day is not optional. Selections will be placed before us with requirements to respond. Thus, it behooves us to make wise decisions. A wise decision is one that propels us in the direction of true happiness. It can take manifold selections, each one moving you towards the ultimate habitation of the lavish lifestyle planned; so do not think that you can discontinue being sensible. Be smart, be vigilant and always choose life!