In the action film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the main character was told- “You must choose, but choose wisely.” This phrase was quoted for years after the movie’s popularity waned. However, it is so true for us in all stages of life- We must make choices, and choosing wisely is important.
Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. 12 It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” 13 Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” 14 No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.
15 See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. 16 For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to Him, and to keep His commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.
17 But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, 18 I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess.
19 This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live 20 and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to His voice, and hold fast to Him.
Every day we are faced with choices! Often times we do not take time to think through the results or the consequences of those choices. The Cowboys recently drafted a number of players from the college ranks who will soon be joining the team. Much attention was given to scouting and preparation before the draft took place, and even more attention is being paid by fans now that the choices have been made; however, the real truth is that we will not really know how good or bad this year’s draft choices are until they actually start playing games this fall.
While most of us will never have a hand in choosing a professional football player for an NFL team, we do get an opportunity to make choices every day. In the book of Deuteronomy, as the children of Israel were preparing to enter the Promised Land, they are told that they will have choices to make every day. And some of the choices they make will lead to good outcomes and blessings while others will lead to bad ones. When the truth is told, we have those same choices to make each and every day. More than we know, every choice we make really does matter. So today, make good choices that lead to good outcomes.
Think about it, and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D