Choose life… Deuteronomy 30:19 (MSG)
The Power To Choose – The Verses Series – Part 1
Some scriptures are like good poetry (indeed, ARE good poetry) in that they say what you’re thinking and feeling but can’t articulate. They give expression to the conflict/ache/wonder/joy inside you that you’re not sure how to let out of your body.
Now, I’m not a fan of the flick and pick attitude towards the Bible (flick the pages and pick a verse, randomly). I’m not a fan of platitudes or two-dimensional readings of the Ancient Hebrew text. But there are a few verses that represent a certain something to me. They communicate a volume of wisdom and depth and leave the door open for deeper meanings and lessons to evolve from them.
What are some of your favorite verses? The ones you cling to, or turn to, in all the different and various seasons of your life? Email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One such verse for me is from Deuteronomy:
“I place before you Life and Death, Blessing and Curse. Choose life so that you and your children will live. And love God, your God, listening obediently to him, firmly embracing him.” (30:19 MSG).
Although I do my best to be aware of and walk away from dualism in all its forms, this verse reminds me of a very important truth:
I can choose.
In any given moment, on any day, through any season, I have the power and the agency to choose.
Many have lost their power; forgotten that they even have it; given it away to those who don’t choose for their benefit.
Media, marketing, policies, celebrities, popularity, trends, biases, prejudices, and more, all making our decisions for us. We outsource our education, independence, relationships, communication, religion, and spirituality. We can get someone somewhere else to make all our decisions for us: what to eat, what to wear, who to be friends with, who to vote for.
The harder path – the more powerful way – is to choose for yourself.
And the Divine desires that you would choose life.
Be informed, do your research, listen to Spirit, pray (aware, awake, alive), be your true authentic self, question and learn and converse. But the decision is yours, and yours alone, to make.
How do you know which choice life is? That my friend is a decision, you have to make. But the beautiful thing about it is that if you find that the choice you made isn’t bringing you any, you have the power to choose anew.