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  Northfield, NJ 08225


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Choices, Choices And More Choices

"The conclusion, when all has been heard is: Fear the Lord and keep his commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgement, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil" (Eccl. 12:13 & 14).

Get and are so many things that we do to start our days and so many choices to be made. From whether or not use raspberry or apricot jam on the English Muffin, to preparing for all of my classes. In a world which tends to throw a lot of things into a gray area with fuzzy distinctions, God and His Word are clearer. "But glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good" (Rom.2: 10). God does not want "gray" when it comes to Him. He wants us to be His and His alone. Though I do not pretend to understand how people get to be the way they are, I am able to get some of it. Both Adolph Hitler and Mother Theresa made a lot of important decisions (choices) in their lives. Their choices sent them down totally different paths. I know that this is an "over-simplification", but there is truth in it.

Our very characters are molded by the important choices that we make. It is so easy to say that we have just been dealt a really bad hand. Even a poker player knows that there are bad hands and good ones. He has lost with good hands and won with bad ones. Just as he makes decisions as to how he will "play his hand," so do we. We are products of the choices that we have made as we exercise the freedom to make those choices. As we each go through our day we will think, say and do things that define who and what we are. These things are not products of our childhood, but products of choice.

To make a point I would like to go to the Old Testament book of 1 Samuel and draw a comparison between David and Saul. "You acted foolishly, Samuel said.(to Saul) You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you; if you had, He would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time. But now your kingdom will not endure; the Lord has sought out a man after His own heart and appointed him leader of his people, for you have not kept the Lord's command" (1 Samuel 13:14)...."Samuel said to him, 'The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today and given it to one of your neighbors-----one better than you" (1 Samuel 15:28). The one whom Israel was given was David. Samuel said that David was better than Saul. Let us make no mistake here...David was better because he made better choices. It is up to us to accept responsibility for what we make of ourselves and make the right choices. The choice is up to us..More on this tomorrow...

Have a wonderful day...A good day for a RAK.... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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