Joshua 24:15 And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

I want you to know that I've been thinking about you lately. Praying for you. Dreaming of a better future for you. Perhaps I don't know your name, but I know that the Lord does. I've been thinking about the direction of your life and am more convinced than ever that it's all tied up in your choices.

I'm thinking about a coming day when you or I don't think about what our lives could have been or should have been. A day when we make better choices about a better future that God has in store for us. A day when we won't be held hostage by the failures and dysfunctions of other people but take responsibility for making good choices ourselves.

I also believe that this day is right in front of us.

I've known Christians who are totally wimpy about taking responsibility for their actions and instead blame all the hard things on God's sovereignty. Now, it's true that God is absolutely in control. There's no doubt about it. But that does not lessen our responsibility. Never should we lose our sense of responsibility in the sea of God's sovereignty. We are volitional beings; our will is our strongest attribute, and God wants our will to be in sync with His.

I could go on a long time with all of the words in the Bible that talk about the choices people make: purpose, consent, wish, will, walk, yield, accept, reject, refuse, rebel.

In fact, did you know that the most common Hebrew term for "choose" is the word bahar. Used 172 times, it connotes "a careful choice, a decision reached after a matter has been looked into carefully."

In the New Testament, the most common Greek term for "choose" is the term thelo. It's used 208 times in the New Testament, almost once per chapter. This word means a person is taking responsibility for his or her life, not just allowing others to persuade them.

God has given you the power to choose the most God-honoring option in every situation. Your life is lived under the umbrella of His sovereignty, and He provides you with opportunities to trust Him in every decision. Far more than you might even realize, your life is what you choose. God has given you the capacity and freedom to make good decisions.

—James MacDonald

Father, thank You for the choices You offer me to make. I choose You! I choose Your will and Your ways. I choose to follow You the rest of my days. Give me the strength to follow through with this desire.

• Do I shirk responsibility for choices that I make? (Do I blame others for bad choices, etc?)
• What drives the choices I make?
• In what areas of my life am I feeling joy/pain for past decisions?