I have set before you this day life and good, death and evil.
We have a choice. We have always had a choice. God gifted us this way. Our ability to choose affects the way things are and the way things will be. Sometimes, we may make positive, life-giving choices, and other times we make choices that are not positive and not life giving. It can seem to be a daunting responsibility, but it doesn’t have to be. If we choose to invite God into our lives and seek God’s guidance in our decision-making, we will discover an inner feeling, a nudge, toward the life-giving choice.
Seems simple enough, doesn’t it? Actually it is, it’s just not that easy. You see, to give us the gift of choice, God also gave us a mind, an ego, a heart, instincts, a will – and none of those are simple! Add to it the fact that we live in a world with other humans who have the power to choose – and it gets more and more complicated. It becomes difficult to discern what is the nudge of God and what is the nudge of the rest of it.
This is why prayer and meditation are so important in the spiritual life. We need to practice and find the time to connect…time to ask and question and time to listen. Time to discover the truth about what God wants for us, not what the world wants for us. Time to realize and trust the love God has for us, the forgiveness that is so freely given, the promise of God that if we seek we will find.
Maybe just for today, we can give ourselves 10-15 minutes to be quiet and focused on God’s love for us and delight to guide us. I wonder if our choices will be more life-giving to ourselves and to others?