“But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond theEuphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15
It has been interesting over the last few years as I have chosen my annual word, that it is not so much that I chose the word, but rather the word has chosen me. For 2010, my word was DEEP; for 2011, STRENGTH. This year, for 2012, CHOOSE has become my word in which I will dwell for the year. And, like all the others, this word chose me.
Joshua 24:15 is one of my favorite verses. Jan and I have sung a well known song many times over the years in weddings as a declaration of the couple’s devotion to God and their desire to serve Him in their lives and marriage. Even as I was pondering the word, the song kept ringing in my head. “As for me my house…”
I think back on my growing up years. My parents always presented choices to me. It ultimately was my choice. Don’t get me wrong, they made it clear many times what the “right” choice should be, but they still allowed me to own the decision. I was taught to look at the choices and the possible outcomes. I was taught to carry out the implications of each possibility a little further than just the immediate. It was a good lesson to learn. As my girls began growing, Jan and I did the same with them. Even when they were very young, Jan would give them the choice of what to wear on Sunday mornings. Granted, the choice was between two carefully selected items. But they owned the decision just as I had done many years ago.
All of our life is ultimately a choice. Where do you want to eat? Which road will we take to get to…? Which item do I do next on my task list? How will we spend our money? Will I go to church this morning? Will I go to rehearsal tonight? (I had to include this one!) Sometimes I get rather overwhelmed in making so many decisions. There are just so many choices to make!
The greatest choice to make is one’s relationship with Christ. For many who will read this, you have already made that choice. Congratulations. The next choice to make, however, is what difference that choice makes in your every day living. Choose you this day, whom will you serve?As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord! I hope you will do the same.