Make the Choice

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The bushes around our house have grown unbelievably this summer. They thoroughly enjoyed the heat and humidity of July much more than I. I kept waiting for a cooler or dryer day to do the trimming and no such day seemed to exist this month. So with reluctance, I finally took my husband’s suggestion and hired someone to come do it.

The landscaper called me outside, at one point, to ask if I wanted a bush cut a particular way. He obviously put much more thought into his trimming than I ever do. He had to see the question on my face, as before I could say anything, he said ….

“At this point, they’re growing or they’re dead.”

“Well that makes it easy then. Cut it off”, I replied.

The decision suddenly became much simpler, much clearer as my vision took in the bush we were discussing. He had narrowed it down, leaving me with only two choices:

  1. If it is growing and producing, leave it.
  2. If it is not producing now, it is dead and won’t produce in the future, cut it off.

Back inside, my Bible was still open on my desk to where I had been reading earlier in the morning …

“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, blessings and curses….” (Deuteronomy 30:20, NLT)

Wait a minute – life and death. They’re growing or they’re dead. Is there a connection?

I read the entire portion again and discovered:

  • God has given us His Word to guide us in life.This command I am giving you today is not too difficult for you to understand, and it is not beyond your reach.” (Deuteronomy 30:11, NLT) He brings understanding as His desire is for us to fulfill His plan for our lives.
  • We are to obey His Word. “No, the message is close at hand. It is on your lips and in your heart so that you can obey it.” (verse 14). He has not only given us His Word, He teaches us and gives us the ability to learn how to live in His ways.
  • The choice is ours. You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him.” (verse 20). This choice is totally ours to make.

Each day I face choices which will either bring growth to my life or death. Something takes place in my life each day. I can either grow as a person in and through Him, becoming more like Him, fulfilling His plan. Or I am not and my life is producing nothing of His purposes.

There’s a funny word stuck in there – “firmly”. We are to securely attach ourselves to Him. We are to be settled on Him, no wiggle room, not shaking. We are to be unwavering. That one word, tucked there in the middle has the utmost importance, as we are told …

“This is the key to your life.”

And the choice is ours.

Back outside, the trimming is all done. The bushes are shaped. Funny thing about it all?

I don’t miss “the dead” which is now gone. All I notice is the beauty in the life.

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This post was shared with … Unite, Testimony Tuesday, Playdates With God, Titus 2 Tuesday, Titus 2sdays.

13 thoughts on “Make the Choice

  1. This is beautiful. How precious… not missing the dead which is gone, but noticing the beauty in this life. Amen! Thank you for inspiring me with such a great post this morning. Today I’m choosing life!

    • Julie, since we always trim our bushes ourselves, we kept wondering if they would trim them too short. We have been amazed that all we notice is the life they all seem to now display. May we firmly committed to Him!

  2. That has always been such a powerful verse for me. To think, my choices have eternal consequences. It is a sobering thought. And, my, your bushes look lovely! We are in dire need of a little help in that area right now too. Our July was cool and wet and the weeds are taking over. I think there is a Bible lesson in that too…

    • Laura, there were so many lessons to be gleaned from our bushes and weeds :) But I had to go with the one I knew the Lord was impressing upon my heart. But you are so right, there were so many lessons. Thank you on our bushes. We were very happy with how they turned out. Much better than when I do them :)

  3. That has always been such a powerful verse for me. To think, my choices have eternal consequences. It is a sobering thought. And, my, your bushes look lovely! We are in dire need of a little help in that area right now too. Our July was cool and wet and the weeds are taking over. I think there is a Bible lesson in that too…

  4. Love your thought that we don’t miss the dead stuff that’s been cut out once it’s gone. It’s so true but boy don’t we try to hold on to it sometimes?! Or maybe that’s just me! :-)

    • Oh, Holly, what a great point! And it isn’t just you either!!! How often I have been like the kid who let’s go & drop quick in an effort not to get caught holding it :)

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