Life is full of choices. Choices start at an early age, as do influences. We all know that trying to influence a toddler is oftentimes a lesson in futility, especially when the toddler doesn’t follow the “how-to” advice. They realize their ability to choose at an early age and love to choose what they really want, which many times, is not one of the choices presented. It is pretty exciting to think about their ability to realize they can and often do have a different opinion besides just the two or three choices they may be presented. However, when we are the ones trying to influence their decision into something we want them to do, it certainly may not see “exciting” to see they have their own thoughts and ideas.

As we grow and mature, our thought process progresses, and we realize the value of having rules and laws in place and the benefits provided because they are in place. Sometimes we are still not crazy about certain rules or laws, but we can at least understand their reasoning and purpose.

God gives us choices to be who we want. His love is always there for us. His mercy and grace, unwavering, when we realize the choices we make are not always made in the best of decisions, even when made with the best of intentions. Through our mistakes, God allows us the chance to ask and be forgiven. We have the ability to choose. We also have the ability to forgive others for their bad choices.

I share with you the following quotes. ”When something bad happens, you have three choices. You can either let it define you, let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you.” And remember, “Each choice we make, impacts our life. Choose wisely.” I am unsure of the author for either of the quotes, but I am sure they are probably embracing life and making good choices.

I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 (NIV)

Dear God, we give thanks for the choices provided us, for the ability to know right from wrong. Thank you for always offering your forgiveness, when we profess our sins and admit that we didn’t make the right choices. Strengthen us and guide us so we might make better choices. Open our hearts and minds to make choices pleasing to you. Amen.

Wendy Saathoff

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