And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served on the other side of 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.
And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.
Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life
I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live,
The Circumstance Provoking Us
I often imagine myself seeing someone else’s story, where at its innocence, free from all turmoil or tribulation, free from the grip, wrath and indignation of the enemy, their life begins. The day commences and an unusual encounter with their usual companions bring the character to a point in their lives where the one thing they knew could happen at some time-normally later in their life-happens to occur now. They are invited to answer a question they, on the one hand knew was coming, but on the hand hoped it never did because of the weight it carries. No one is truly ever ready for a question of this nature, at least not within the first few chapters of their lives. I imagine myself seeing the character surrounded by their friends, who search deep inside them for what they hope the character’s life will “save” as far as humanity is concerned. They do this, however, without realizing it.
Claire: Ash, we need to talk. The last time we spoke, you cut me after I asked you about you moving to England. You got me worried. Is everything alright?
Ashley: You caught me off guard. Moving means losing everything here. The biggest problem I have is my career. I love being a DJ here. I know my community. This is what I love.
Jason: Claire told me everything. You can always be a DJ there too.
Ashley: Yeah but it means doing everything all over again. New people. New city. New environment. I don’t know if I’m ready for that. Honestly, I don’t know if I really want to go.
In essence what the character was faced with was a choice that would impact them in a very significant way. Though the circumstance that brings us to a time in our lives similar to that of Ashley may differ, the impact and influence it has on us is the same.
Carrying The Consequence Of Our Choice
I know that the worst choices we are faced with are essentially the ones we are compelled to make. There is nothing worse than an individual being forced to make a choice that is uncomfortable for them because it goes against their character, values and beliefs while creating convenience for another party, yet only do so because the opposite, while safer in theory, puts them in a position worse than the one they are trying to avoid. Anybody know what I’m talking about? I remember The Lion King where Simba had to choose between the discomfort of saving the Pride Lands and convenience of staying where he was, far away from the Pride Lands. It was a very uncomfortable and disconcerting position for him. The failure to understand the authority and prestige his royal identity carried added to that. It all came down to that ever so crucial choice: how to deal with the past
The Wrong Turn, The Right Direction
I imagine seeing a brainstorming session taking place and one person leaving halfway. A few days later they hear of the idea that ran and appeared to be progressive as it started out. During the course of the new few weeks there was no indication or report of it ever continuing from where it was.. The individual who left the session was at a crossroads in their life and they needed something that would propel them to success. The idea was about a location in the remote parts of the city where a certain tribe resided. Getting the photograph of anything from there was invaluable. One photographer went the full mile and lived among them and learned their ways until he was in a position to take the coveted shot. After doing so he returned to an empty home where his wife left for her uncle’s place because of a fight they had some time earlier. He went there in hopes of bringing her home but she refused to go with him. Filled with regret after observing the photo he left with her, she boarded the first plane back, landed but could not recover the bag that had the photo. The individual whose life was falling apart came across this photo, saw that it had no signature and he went on to present it, became a huge success and won an award.
The story ends by him eventually seeing the original photographer, understanding the story behind the photo and having to live with the guilt that brought him and his personal work a success. I am not sure which one is worse, a true failure or a fake victor.
I believe that what determines our level of success is not so much the choices we make but rather why we made them. Sometimes the situation may be the motivating factor but other times it is a matter of the heart. Regardless of what it is, at the end of the day: We all make choices, the hardest part is to live with them- The Words Movie