Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.
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I spoke to a person the other day who is a teacher beginning a new school year. For several years, she has talked about retirement. I asked her how she made her decision to keep teaching. She didn't know. I asked her how she will make her decision to retire. She didn't know. She knew if she waited long enough someone or some circumstance beyond her ability to choose would make the decision for her. We live with choices. The choice that we don't often seen as a choice but is the most popular is choosing NOT to choose. We throw ourselves into the headwaters of the world river and only if we are aware do we offer up a prayer of hoping for the best. The freedom that we so cherish is the gift of a gracious God. Given that grace, I am learning more and more that I like giving up the freedom to determine for myself the meaning of a full life just to know the definition of life that comes from serving God. It is a choice to be made each day. That is the nature of our freedom and God's grace.
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Here's my heart, Lord. It's yours. Amen.