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Topic: Shopping (03/01/07)
TITLE: Making Choices
By Esther Phillips
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At that tender young age, she found a big variety of things to spend money on. We were limited on the amount of money we could spend so she had to make decisions. She had to choose those things that were important enough to her for us to actually make a purchase. Some Saturdays we didn’t have any money to spend, but we went anyway just to “window” shop.
Shopping for clothes, jewelry, and shoes is just one aspect of using the ability to choose during our lives. We use this skill in negotiating for tangible things like a new car, a different house, furniture, or some recreational equipment.
Practicing our choosing capabilities comes in handy when selecting a college, a job, friends, and perhaps a companion or mate. I used it when we moved about ten years ago and went out looking for a new church. I found looking for a church to be a daunting task. Each church had wonderful people attending there. What I was looking for, however, didn’t always mesh with what they were doing. I had to choose a place that fed my spirit and a place where I could serve.
At the end of Joshua’s life, he spoke to the Israelites on the subject of choosing. This is what he said as found in Joshua 24:15 (NIV) “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
It is possible that it was not easy to see what choice they should make. You see, the Israelites traveled from Egypt where they had been living and where other gods were being served. They also were entering a land where the local people had their own gods that they worshipped.
Each day we have choices to make and some of them are not easy either. One of our choices is that of serving God or shopping around looking for something else. Joshua speaks to us like he did to the Israelites. “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve.”
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