“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 the Euphrates, 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
Every day, we make dozens, if not hundreds of choices. To get up. To sleep in. What to eat for breakfast. To exercise. What to wear. To work hard. To slack off. To talk to a friend. To have lunch with a coworker. To be respectful. To be kind. To be impatient. To do what’s right. To gossip. To do what’s important. To help someone. To be selfish.
The choices we make are endless. If I choose not to go somewhere, but to stay home and work instead, I am not helpless in that decision. My work does not hold me hostage. I am making the choice to work hard for the job I am being paid to do. Tonight, I chose to put the laundry and the dishes away right after my son went to bed, instead of sitting down to relax first, because I knew I would enjoy my time more if all the chores were done. It was a choice.
Occasionally, we forget that we have choices in almost every aspect of our lives. A friend was recently sharing her frustration in having to attend so many functions without her husband (something I understand, since I have to attend everything alone since my husband’s death). But it is still a choice. Yes, it is important for him to work hard to care for his family, and in that, he is making the right decision. Still, a choice.
I love this verse from Joshua, because to me it is one of the ultimate truths from the Bible: you WILL choose each day whom you will serve. Even if you aren’t thinking about it in those terms, every decision you make and action you take will reflect just exactly whom you are serving.
Who does your life say you are serving today?