Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Choices


It takes me a long time to process things. There are, of course, initial reactions - but the depth of feeling, the thoughtful response - doesn't come for some time.

I've been reading and pondering and praying. I keep coming back to choices - to the impact even the smallest of them can make in a life. A slight jog in a new direction and the course of an entire life may be changed. Perhaps not all at once - but choices piled upon choices. If they are taking us in a wrong direction, can we be wise enough or strong enough to make the one that will turn things around?

And if we don't and  the worst happens and those choices result in pain and suffering to others? What is the just result?

Here is something C.S. Lewis wrote in "Mere Christianity" :

"I would much rather say that every time you make a choice you are turning the central part of you, the part of you that chooses, into something a little different from what it was before. And taking your life as a whole, with all your innumerable choices, all your life long you are slowly turning this central thing either into a heavenly creature or into a hellish creature: either into a creature that is in harmony with God, and with other creatures, and with itself, or else into one that is in a state of war and hatred with God, and with its fellow creatures, and with itself. To be the one kind of creature is heaven: that is, it is joy and peace and knowledge and power. To be the other means madness, horror, idiocy, rage, impotence, and eternal loneliness. Each of us at each moment is progressing to the one state or the other."

What do you think?

Blessings,
Linda

P.S. Blogger is having one of "those" days and refuses to let me post a picture. sigh.....

3 comments:

  1. I am really glad you wrote about little choices and how they build a life aligned with God or against him as they move our life in a particular direction over time. I know this is true, but often it is the choices that can be life changing in a moment that tend to enter mind--usually with worry and as our kids grow into adulthood. But your point addresses life for those of us who live with a lot of life behind us and know that much of where we are now has happened through a lifetime of choices. The great thing (or the sad thing) is that more choices can lead the other direction...choices made over time. Always blessed by your insights, Linda.

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  2. Thank you for sharing this, sweet friend! Many times I think about the bad choices I have made in my past and they often get me down. But praise be to God, He gives us more than one chance and my heart rejoices for such a loving Savior. How I desire to make choices that are honoring and pleasing to God! With God's wisdom and direction, such a desire is achievable :)

    Blessings and hugs to you,
    Stephanie

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  3. I've written and erased a few different responses to this (choices, huh?) piece, but I keep coming back to this little saying we have in our family: Do the best you can, with what you have, while you are able.

    Blessings.

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