Amy Bessin - “Choosing Wisely”

August 08, 2016

“But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether gods of 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

Life is full of choices. We make hundreds of choices every day, some that we agonize over and some that we don’t even give a second thought. Our choices, both large and small, inevitably reflect what is important to us.

In this passage, Joshua makes the ultimate choice and does it publically so that others might hold him accountable. Joshua is clear to his people that they do have a choice; history has provided them with many options for whom they might serve. However, Joshua also makes it clear that they must make a choice. Declining to make any choice is itself a choice. Neglecting to choose, in this case, means choosing not to serve the Lord.

Having the ability to make choices is itself a gift. Being a good steward means taking care of all of our gifts from God, including the gift of free will. We have a responsibility to make wise choices. Think about the choices you make today because, large or small, they define who you are and who you have chosen to serve.

CORNERSTONE:  Stewardship

- Amy Bessin, Instructional Services Librarian

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