I choose life

 Deuteronomy 30:19-20
“…I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the LORD your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days”
A few things in these scriptures strike me this morning. He has set before us life and death. He wants us to choose life. The Lord God is our life. Sounds like He has a plan for us and is laying the game our plainly for us to see. 
He gives us free will to choose what He has set before us, life or death. God does spell it out pretty plainly doesn’t He, life or death, you are free to choose. It is as simple as that. Choose me and you choose life. Chose another road and eventually you will find death.
This is a daily choice we make, to walk with God or not.
 The same can be said of our choices for every day living. We make many choices every single day.  Good or bad choices that can impact every area of our lives.  The choice is ours. Ultimately, we are the only ones responsible for making a good choice or a bad choice. 
The good thing that we are reminded in this scripture is God is available, He is there for us to cling to as we are making our choices. I love the last sentence, cling to Him for He is your life and the length of your days. That is beautiful.
Look to God for the wisdom to make good choices. Look to God to help you walk through any  issues that may be hindering you in life. Look to God to beat down the walls of self sabotage that we are so good at building. He and He alone can give the power, strength, stamina and courage to take those walls down and make good choices.
Godly living is a good choice but not an easy one. Decide that you will choose daily to walk the Godly walk and decide that you will let Him help you with each decision you are making. A few points to remember as you go through your day. 
 Make God your focus

 Take advantage of the many chances we have every day to make good choices.

 Realize that even small choices have lasting impact

 Ultimately only you are responsible for good or bad choices

 You are your best chance of living a life of few regrets

 Be consistent, a heart change can only come with daily renewing of your mind

 Lean on God, He is faithful to meet your every need.


……………….and so I ride

The Jesus Myth

The Jesus Myth

Life is full of myths and if you don’t watch it, they will get you!

Take diets and healthy living for example. I learned the hard way but let me tell you, you quit eating right, you quit exercising, you pay for it. You develop lazy habits, lousy eating patterns and you gain “baggage” where it isn’t supposed to be.

All of a sudden you don’t feel as good as you used to, you don’t look as good and you have to start wearing baggy clothing to hide the baggage.

So it is with a relationship with God. I found out the hard way in both these areas. Well in the spirit of the new year and the age old resolutions, I vowed to get back in shape in both areas.

I had researched (of course I had) the best way to get back to where I needed to be health wise, which translates into the easiest. All I got was confused. I read that to lose weight you had to cut out whole food groups, or cut out just fat, or cut out carbohydrates, or you could exercise and eat what- ever you wanted. Well put them all together and its simple, you can’t eat anything.

So instead I went out and bought the latest on the diet subject, all the latest, greatest, easy fix diet books, I got the video that promised if I gave them 2.2 minutes a day my body would look like a movie stars, I bought wonderful new, state of the art exercise clothes, exercise monitor and tennis shoes. WooHoo, I was set to get fit. Guess what, none of that worked as long as I was still sitting in my recliner. It takes perseverance, willpower, and motivation to get healthy, mostly it takes getting out of the recliner.

It is a lot like that in my relationship with God. Yes His arms are always open, and He will welcome you at any time. He will soften hearts to hear the message He brings and He will provide plenty of opportunities to build a meaningful and fulfilling relationship with Him.

However, just like leading a healthy life, you have to get out of the recliner and you have to do more than “go along just enough to get along”

It takes the same perseverance, willpower and motivation; sometimes it even takes getting a little (or a lot) uncomfortable if we want all that God has to offer us.

God, diets, exercise, quitting bad habits, if it is good for you it certainly could hurt a little bit…………….for a time. It won’t last forever and God is Captain of this ship, He will bring you into port in His time.

So get out of your recliner and start building the life you want, the life you deserve and the life God wants to give you.