What’s Your Choice

Publisher: dwinger      Volume No.  2      Issue No 43       Date Nov. 6, 03 


“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us” Gandalf the gandalf_grey2_tn.jpgGrey from The Lord of the Rings.


I just love this quote. Isn’t this what we are all doing? It seems to me that this is what life is all about.


I saw a movie yesterday. There was a fight between the hero and the villain. The hero was getting beat up, and it looked like he was surely going to die. The villain said to him that surely he knew he was going to lose, so why did he still get up and continue to fight. The hero replied, “I choose to.” We all have that choice.


Why do some people with incurable disease ravaging their bodies choose to fight and some choose not to? Surely the world is full of survivors from both parties. Everything we do is a choice. Of course my kids would surely disagree with that saying. I am sure that they think they have no choice in many of the things they do. But they do have a choice; they can certainly disobey. Of course, they would also have to receive the consequences for that choice. Have you ever seen a child who was made to go to church? They might have had to physically go, but mentally they were far from that place. That was a choice that the child made, and only he has control over where his mind will be.


Love is a choice. I can either love someone or something, or not. That is my choice. I might use my feelings and intellect to help me make this choice, but my feelings and intellect are not love. Love is something I choose.


Isn’t it amazing that we have the freedom to make choices? How do you suppose we got that?


The Apostle John has told us that God is love. Does that mean that God is a choice? I certainly think so. He loves us more than we can imagine, and He wants us to love Him. But love can only be real if it is free. So God has given me the freedom to love Him or reject Him.


 It’s my choice.


About dwinger

Former farmer, now college instructor
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2 Responses to What’s Your Choice

  1. nathanwells says:

    How does “love is a choice” interact with this verse?

    “The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but because the Lord loved you and kept the oath which He swore to your forefathers, the Lord brought you out by a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.” [Deuteronomy 7:7-8]


  2. dwinger says:

    Hi Nathan,

    God’s people still had a choice whether to turn to Him or not. The working together of Divine Providence and free will is a great mystery.

    God chose Mary to be the Mother of Jesus, but Mary also had a choice in the matter. We can learn a lot from her.

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