You may choose only one of the two lives described here. In Life A, you have a life of fame and fortune. You are adored by millions, and your name goes down in history. in Life B, you live a life of repentance. Your heart aches for the many ways you have hurt other people and for the ways you have failed to appreciate the incomprehensible love of your Heavenly Father.
Think about it. If all of life was filtered down to these two simplistic options…. if there was no “other” choice…. no combinations…..which would you choose?
Pretty easy for us “christians” to know which is the right answer. Those who have chosen Life A have chosen the goals of the world, the acclaim of men. Notice it doesn’t specify what you are famous for or how you got the wealth. And those who have chosen Life B are the ones on their way to theosis, they are the ones who will become Saints. These are the Christians.
But the greater challenge is to apply these two models to every choice we make in life. All simple and cut and dry as a theory, but in our daily lives, in the goals we set, in the people we admire and try to emulate, which life are we choosing? What about in the way we dress? The movies, television programs and the music we choose? Who really are our heroes?
And the even tougher question is this: Which life are we setting before our children in the goals we set for them, the accomplishments we encourage and reward, the schedules we create for them and the opportunities we provide for them? Whom are we setting up to be our children’s heroes?
There are choices that we refer to as “big life decisions”: what career to pursue, which college to attend, which person to marry. Our lives include very few of these decisions. However, the millions of decisions we make everyday, what to eat, what to wear, what to buy, what to watch or read or listen to, how to respond to an insult, how to manage time……the list goes on and on. These “little” decisions add up. And it is in making these decisions that we are actually CHOOSING wether we are working toward Life A or Life B.
So often, what I think I am choosing as a LIFE is not at all what I am supporting with all those “little” decisions every day of this life that is so quickly passing.