The Choice

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Today I am giving you the choice between a blessing and a curse!    De u t e r o n o my 11:26 NLT

 
The sun is rising–bringing choices about the road we will travel. Decisions are incredibly accurate boomerangs. We are at a crossroads. So which will it be today—a dark alley or a magnificent boulevard?

 

Prayer or presumption? Faith in Almighty God or self-reliance? Zero accomplishment in our strength or unlimited capability in God’s?

 

Care or egomania? A lifestyle of sacrifice or of selfishness? Love in our heart was not put there to stay; love is not love until we give it away.

 

Purity or carnality? Will we fill our mind with heaven’s truth and loveliness or pollute it with hell’s garbage? Will we focus on ennobling excellence or imbecilic filth?

 

Understanding or criticism? Will we fret because we cannot shape others up morally, overlooking the fact we cannot change ourselves? Or will we wish the best for every person, hating only our own latent evil?

 

Composure or impatience? When we feel everyone passing us is an idiot, and those going slower are morons, we are out of line! God’s timing is perfect–wisdom slows down and obeys heaven’s speed limit.

 

Attention or preoccupation? Will we permit the Holy Spirit to conquer our inner space and teach us to love people who wander through our days? The surest sign of love is listening–how is our hearing?

 

Intentionality or wandering? Jesus went around doing good, but we often just go around. It’s high time we wrote our mission statement, and lived it.

 

Serenity or agitation? On high seas, the Master can still calm the waves. He will if we let Him.

 

Sensitivity or rudeness? Everyone has a silent struggle, unknown agony, unresolved dilemma, or unvoiced pain. To the extent we’re like Christ, we will be kind.

 

Self-control or profligacy? Addiction or liberation? There is no need to shuffle in chains–Jesus is the Key to thorough-going freedom.

 

It is a joy to catch boomerangs of thoughtful, wise decisions; it is a pain to nurse a bruised skull from foolish ones, made without thinking! If we make the right decisions, then sunset’s benediction will conclude a happy day.

 

 

Johnny R. Almond, Pastor

Hull’s Memorial Baptist Church–Friends on a Journey of Faith

Devotional based on Day 97 of Gentle Whispers from Eternity

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Johnny R. Almond earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey and a Diploma in Religious Studies from the University of Cambridge. After pastoring churches for a decade, he served the Air Force as a military chaplain in worldwide assignments. After retiring from the military in 2000, he began serving as pastor in Virginia. He currently serves as pastor of Hull's Memorial Baptist Church in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He and his wife, Beverly, have four sons, three grandsons, and two granddaughters.

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