Posted by: pastordarren | October 22, 2014

Choices

We face them every day – Choices.  Some are simple others more complex but unless we make the choices before us, then weChoices will not move forward.  What ever choices are before us, there will be effects from them.  You can call them results, consequences, or whatever other term you choose but the will be there.  All of our choices have consequences.

It can be as simple as what you choose to wear or eat each day.  If we wear shorts and flip-flops on a day that is snowy and cold, we will probably be miserable.  Or if we eat something that is full of fat, grease and calories; we will not be feeling very well.

Think though, about the choices that will affect others and most of them do.  The reasoning that we use to make our choices will be based on a lot of different criteria, including what I want (or we want), financial, time, etc.  None of those are necessarily wrong but let me give you another criteria – others. The results of our choices will spill over and affect those around us in our families, work and school, churches, even those we don’t know.  I’m sure that we have all been affected by the choices and actions of those around us to varying degrees and it is easy to point out what someone else has done, but harder to see what we have done to others.

Coming from a background of faith there are certain ways of making choices that are important, even if you are not a person of faith, think about these things.  When the consequences of our choices bring about harm and pain to others instead of healing and reconciliation, then we should seriously look at what we are choosing to do.  When the results of what we choose is going to exclude and alienate someone or a group, then we need to stop and think it through again.

Spock once said this, “The needs of the many out weigh the needs of the few, or the one.”  The scriptures tell us to think of others before ourselves.  Philippians 2:3-4, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Jesus lived this way. Maybe this is not such a bad way of thinking.

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