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Topic: War and Peace (not about the book) (07/07/11)
TITLE: The Better Choice
By Hiram Claudio
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Joy … Sorrow
Truth … Lies
Good … Evil
Heaven … Hell
War … Peace
Life is often a battle of classic opposites. I’m not talking about the daily issues like ‘leftovers or takeout’ for dinner or wearing ‘blue or yellow’ to work. Those are normal. But so much of our journey through life is marked by the choices we made, and continue to make, at epic crossroads.
Most of these choices are difficult enough by themselves. They have life changing implications. Once made, they can’t be taken back. That’s not to say that you can’t rise above a poor choice, because you can. But once made, the poor choice is always part of your history, your testimony, your experience. And it can be hard to know where a choice will actually lead. Will this choice of career lead to success … or failure? Will this choice of spouse lead to joy … or sorrow?
Yet what can also rise up during these unique moments is not just facing an epic choice but along with it can come an atmosphere. And here is where we struggle most. Crossroads are hard enough. But what can add to the struggle is trying to make the right choice in an atmosphere of war … instead of one of peace.
As we face these choices, are we dealing with rising levels of anxiety and panic? Are there competing voices within, fully engaged in combat to sway us? Or are we able to approach each crossroad, as significant and life changing as it is, with an underlying sense of calm? Can we tap into a power that quiets all the noise, allowing us to truly hear the voice of truth?
Many make these epic decisions while embracing an atmosphere of war. They can sense, deep within themselves, a military combat zone during the height of battle. Every decision feels like its life or death. But that’s what the air of war does. It takes crossroad moments and makes them … harder.
Of all the gifts we are given as Christians, perhaps none is greater than being able to walk through life in an atmosphere of peace. This doesn’t mean that we’ll avoid struggles. We will still face epic crossroads, ones that will still have life changing implications. But the gift our Savior gave when He said “it is finished” is that these moments need not ever be done in panic. The war within us can be over, once and for all, when the Holy One is allowed to reside in His temple … inside you and me!
Still, the choice is ours … to embrace the noise of war in the camp or to raise the banner of the Prince of peace from the castle of our heart. The struggle may not be easy. The decision you’re facing may be life changing. But the choice of atmosphere is simple and clear. Our Heavenly Prince, and His peace, is always a better choice.
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