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Monday, September 10, 2012

Making Choices with a Servant's Heart

How much do “eternal concerns” affect your daily decisions? Which areas of your life are least influenced by your faith in God? Which are most? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 943).

It is clear that one of the essential duties of a parent is to teach their children that life is a test. Not a test of how much money you can make or any like thing, but a test of character; most essentially, therefore, children must be taught that character building is quintessentially a matter of making good choices.

In this light the answer to the above question becomes painfully obvious. Since virtually all of life involves some kind of choice – even that as to attitude – “eternal concerns” are pervasive. At first glance, we may consider routine chores as being inapplicable to considerations of faith in God. But when we consider that the state of mind regnant during our exercise of routine duties is primarily a matter of choice, then even such things as taking out the garbage or filling our gas tank can have eternal significance.

Now in matters of choice it becomes clear that we make those choices within our best lights. We know that many others do the same. Thus a strong faith in God is necessary since we cannot know with assurance the final outcome of our choices. We must act within our best lights and pray that providence proactive within history will make up now or eventually for our inevitable limitations in understanding and actions.

If tomorrow I am injured in an accident and become paraplegic a great choice will confront me – that of attitude. If tomorrow I must take out the trash at work, likewise my principal duty will be the assumption of a grateful servant's attitude. If I am called upon to do or refrain from doing acts of any nature, I must trust God that my choices in the last analysis will be right or at least redeemable by his grace.

Because of its pervasiveness one is tempted to conclude that one's assignment to make countless choices is a curse. Yet we know that choice making gets to the very core of what humanity is all about. When God lovingly gave us free choice, he with a servant's heart shared with us eternal hope and faith. It is up to us not to make him out to be a fool.

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